The Village of Osceola is on the hunt for a new administrator, after the departure of Joel West late last year. 

Meanwhile, Frank Pascarella is working behind the scenes to keep business in order.

Pascarella has decades of experience in public administration. He served as Chippewa County’s administrator from January 2012 through the end of 2017. From 2005 through 2011, he was Shawano County’s administrative coordinator. And from 1998 to 2004 he served as Polk County’s administrative coordinator and finance director.

Last week Pascerella told Osceola board members he’s been enjoying working with the people of Osceola. Although he currently lives in the Town of New Richmond, Pascarella and his wife raised their children in Osceola.

“We have roots here,” he told The Sun. “We have many acquaintances and friends in Osceola, and we’re familiar with the area.”

Pascarella said he’s been getting up to speed on projects and business that need to be addressed to leave a clean slate for the next administrator.

“We’re getting organized and putting together a number of items,” he told the village board April 9. “My goal is to try to clean up as much as possible, and I’m not saying that in a negative fashion, but clean up so that when we have a new village administrator they can start fresh and hit the ground running.”

After conversations with the police chief, public works and the village clerk, Pascarella has set a list of top priorities.

“We’ve got some items in the hopper from an economic development perspective that we’re working on,” he said. “There are a couple zoning issues we’re trying to resolve.”

For instance, Pascarella plans to meet with the new owners of the former hospital property to discuss their plans for the site. Built on bluffs overlooking the St. Croix River, the property is governed by rules from village zoning to riverway regulations.

“I’m just trying to get adapted but also put together a schedule of priorities and projects that need to be addressed over the next 90 to 120 days,” he said.

The village hopes to have a new administrator in place by late summer or early fall, and has hired the search firm Oshkosh-based Public Administration Associates to lead the recruitment process.

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