SISTERS, OR -- After just one year as Sisters City Manager, Brant Kucera will take over as City Administrator for Ashland, Wisconsin, in August. According to the Ashland Daily Press, that city's Councilors selected Kucera this week, following a nationwide search to replace the former City Administrator who resigned in March.
Kucera took over in Sisters last July. At that time, he told KBND News
he hoped to provide stability for the city, where two previous city managers were forced out amid controversies. He was City Manager of Cannon Beach before moving to Sisters.
Kucera did not return our request for comment and there is no word yet on how the city plans to search for his replacement.
UPDATE: Kucera has announced his resignation is effective August 18, to accept the new position in Wisconsin. In his resignation letter, Kucera says, "Over the past year it has been a true pleasure to get to know everyone. However, I feel that I am missing out on my son's life and have decided to move back to the Midwest in order to be closer to him. I want to assure you that this decision to move on is only for personal reasons. Council and Staff's hard work and dedication have made this a great city, and no matter who sits in the Manager's office, it will continue to be a great city. We have a great team in place and employees who will make the transition successful."
City officials say Mayor Chuck Ryan will work with Councilors and staff to create a transition plan for finding Kucera's replacement.