Racine City Administrator

Thomas Friedel
phone: 262-619-2540
fax: 262-636-9570
City Hall - Rm. 201
730 Washington Ave
Racine, WI 53403
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM- 4:55 PM



The position of City Administrator was created in 2003 in order to: 1) manage the efficiency of employees of the local government, 2) insure that people or departments working on the same affairs would operate harmoniously on these affairs, and 3) maintain a fair, uniform application of policy between all departments within the City of Racine organization.

He is responsible for coordinating and supervising daily city operations, coordinating and supervising the preparation of the budget, monitoring budget spending, and also reporting any changes in the budget as a whole directly to the Mayor. He also evaluates the efficiency of all city employees and managers and recommends salary adjustments to the mayor, based on their performances.

The City Administrator is involved in the "visioning process" for the City, which includes:

  • Focusing the future vision of the community -- long term horizon
  • Translating this vision into specific target issues that need to be addressed during the life cycle

Recommending policy direction and guidelines for the community

Policy leaders have the responsibility of sensing community values and obtaining feedback on local government performance. A comparison is made between the desired outcomes and the actions of the local government. The Mayor and Administrator have the responsibility to interpret the directives of the policy leaders and translate them into guidelines for employees.

The management process focuses on designing mechanisms for translating the vision and target issues into action. The key players are the local manager in conjunction with other managers and supervisors within the government organization. The primary functions of the managers are:

  • To develop an organizational philosophy that reflects values and beliefs on how the local government should be managed and operated on a daily basis
  • To develop specific programs for achieving consistency between values and actions
  • To anticipate issues
  • To resolve problems hampering management and service delivery
  • To build the capacity of the organization
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