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Genoa appoints new part-time administrator

Position filled after year-long interim period following death of former administrator Misurelli

Art Osten, Jr., was appointed City Administrator in Genoa May 7, the city announced Wednesday. He will serve in the position following an interim appoint of Bill Ganek, after the sudden death of former Genoa City Administrator Joe Misurelli in 2017.
Art Osten, Jr., was appointed City Administrator in Genoa May 7, the city announced Wednesday. He will serve in the position following an interim appoint of Bill Ganek, after the sudden death of former Genoa City Administrator Joe Misurelli in 2017.

GENOA – The city of Genoa has a new part-time administrator, following more than a year with interim leadership.

The announcement came June 12 that Art Osten, Jr., will take on the new position, after an interim period in city leadership following the sudden death of longtime administrator Joe Misurelli, who died at age 65 on Christmas Day 2017.

After a closed executive session, Genoa City Council voted unanimously to appoint Oster to the part-time role May 7, city agenda documents show.

Bill Ganek, administrative and economic development consultant for the city has been serving in the administrator role on an interim basis since Misurelli’s death, according to a news release from the city.

Osten served as the village administrator in Fox River Grove for 14 years, before he was let go in March 2012, with the village board citing a need to save money and move in another direction, according to a report from the Daily Herald.

After earning two master’s degrees in Public Policy & Administration and Urban Regional Planning, Osten spent 30 years in small town local government, according to the news release.

He is now getting acquainted with city develop and surrounding community leaders, the release states, and will work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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