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Wausau mayor calls for study on the future of city leadership


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wausau mayor Jim Tipple announced a plan today to investigate changing the makeup of the city's executive and legislative branches.

Tipple says he'll be putting together a series of studies to look at whether Wausau could benefit from a city administrator or city manager type of government as opposed to a strong mayor government like it currently has. The proposed plan would form a citizen committee much like the one that helped reform the Marathon County jail to guide the council in their decision going forward.

Two other consultant groups would be going over how the city departments are operating and look for efficiencies, and also help the city council understand their roles and responsibilities as the city's legislative body.

Mayor Tipple says he's been discussing his plan with a number of business leaders in the city and is certain he can secure outside funding for the project so that taxpayers would not have to foot the bill.

City council president Romey Wager and the Mayor would be part of the committee on the city's government.

The common council was already scheduling a committee of the whole meeting to discuss the city administrator concept next Tuesday.