New administrator: Just call me Jake

Local News

Winnebago’s new city administrator sat patiently as the City Council conducted its meeting Tuesday night.

After nearly an hour, the next item on the agenda was to hire Jacob Skluzacek and approve a contract he negotiated with City Attorney David Frundt.

Before reading some details of the agreement, Deputy City Clerk Jessi Sturtz jokingly admitted she was not going to try and pronounce his last name.

“Don’t worry about it, just call me Jake,” Skluzacek told Sturtz.

Following the meeting, Skluzacek was busy introducing himself to council members, shaking hands and answering questions.

I’m looking for a house and getting ready to move,” he says. “I’m excited to get started and I’m going to work really hard.”

Skluzacek is a Lonsdale native and graduated from Winona State University in May 2019 with a bachelor of science degree in public administration and a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

Skluzacek began his duties immediately the next day and will earn an annual salary of $52,000 while being on a six-month probationary period.

Other terms of the contract include:

  • earning up to 200 hours of vacation and 960 hours of sick leave;
  • health insurance;
  • the city matching contributions made to the PERA retirement fund;
  • reimbursement for mileage expenses;
  • and the city providing a cell phone.

For the record, the phonetic pronunciation of Skluzacek — Sklooze-ah-check.

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