Canton of Scio gets closer to selecting a township administrator


The canton of Scio’s search for a canton administrator / director of operations is reduced to two candidates.

After a thorough review of 56 applicants, seven applicants were selected as finalists and were interviewed on October 6 by the city council. From there, two were selected at the October 12 board meeting for a second interview.

They are David Rowley and Fred Schnook.

The second talks are scheduled to take place on October 22. It is also possible, depending on the availability of candidates, that the community can meet the candidates during the community Halloween party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at the fire station of the canton of Scio.

Here are the biographies / backgrounds compiled by consultant Amy Cell, who is assisting the township in this research process.

Rowley “has been a government and community vitality educator at Michigan State University Extension since 2017. Prior to coming there, he served as a municipal assessor for the City of Mount Pleasant for 21 years. His colleagues describe him as a pleasant person to be around and with a calm personality. ”

Mr. Rowley received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Mr. Rowley authored numerous publications and presentations during his time at Michigan State University Extension. Mr. Rowley also has Received the 2020 Gordon Guyer Collaborative Excellence Award, the 2021 National Teamwork Excellence Award, and many other awards. Mr. Rowley has been doing Civil War reenactments for 45 years now, delivering a story lively and an education in American history to the public and to school children of all ages.

David Rowley. photo courtesy of the Township of Scio

Schnook, “has served as City Administrator for the City of Kewaunee, Wisconsin, since 2017. In his work as City Administrator, Fred has accomplished a great deal to help the City of Kewaunee; such as creating a capital improvement plan and fund, and leading the demolition and restoration of the site of the old city high school. He also received the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Outstanding Performance Award each year from 1990 to 2006. ”

“Sir. Schnook received a Bachelor of Science in Community Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an Associate of Arts degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Fred Schnook also received a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and currently obtaining his PhD in Urban Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he is described by his friends and associates as a hard worker and honest.

Fred Schnook. photo courtesy of the Township of Scio

The community Halloween party will also give residents the opportunity to visit the newly renovated fire hall. There will also be pony rides, a petting zoo and a magician on hand.

The station is located at 1055 N. Zeeb Road.


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