WHITEFISH BAY - After one year as manager's assistant and two years as assistant manager, Paul Boening is being promoted to the top job at village hall.
Boening will soon fill the shoes of Village Manager Steve Sheiffer, who will step down from the position May 1. Sheiffer, a retired city administrator who most recently managed the city of Janesville, was hired on a six-month agreement in March 2014 following the sudden resignation of former Village Manager Patrick DeGrave. Sheiffer was named village manager in December 2014, but at 65 years old, he was not expected to stay forever.
Sheiffer said his time as village manager has been a "very rewarding experience," but he is looking forward to his second shot at retirement.
"The plan always was for me to serve for three years and then to return to the very enjoyable job of retiree," Sheiffer said. "Over the last three years, Paul has been engaged in every facet of village activities. He has clearly demonstrated his abilities, provided internal staff leadership, worked successfully with the village board and committees, completed a number of projects and been a trusted advisor. Paul has clearly shown that he will be a successful and outstanding village manager.”
Village trustees unanimously supported Boening for the village manager job on Monday, March 13. Boening, 38, will earn a salary of $105,000 in his new position.
Boening, a native of Greenfield, brings 18 years of municipal experience to the role. He began his career as a risk management intern with the Waukesha County Department of Administration. He then served as deputy clerk for the village of Pewaukee for 14 years. He joined Whitefish Bay as a manager's assistant in February 2014, and after a year in that role, he was promoted to assistant village manager.
Boening is expected to receive his Masters in Public Administration in August from the University of South Dakota. He received a bachelor's degree in public administration in 2000 from Carroll University, where he also earned minors in economics, politics and sociology.
Boening said he is looking forward to his new opportunity.
“Whitefish Bay is a vibrant village that truly embodies the values and characteristics that define a community," he said. "I am honored that the village board has put their trust in me to serve as the next village manager. With the continued support of the village board, dedicated staff members, engaged citizens and hardworking business community, I am excited to be a part of a team effort that will strive to ensure that Whitefish Bay remains a great place to live, work and visit.”
Village President Julie Siegel said Boening went through a formal interview process for the job, and he came highly recommended by other employees at village hall.
"He is a very talented municipal administrator with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills," she said. "Over the last three years, he has clearly demonstrated his ability to be an outstanding village manager. He works well with the village staff and committees, and has shown a commitment to our village.”
Trustee Jay Miller said Boening works well with other village employees, and his leadership and management skills have shown over the past three years.
"He understands the importance of involving all of the interested individuals in an open, positive decision-making process," Miller said.
Finance Director Jennifer Amerell believes Boening is well-qualified for the village manager position, and that he will "continue to seek strategies that will increase efficiency and cost effectiveness, while maintaining the exemplary services levels the village of Whitefish Bay has come to expect of its leaders.”