PRESCOTT – The City of Prescott has hired a new city administrator. Matt Wolf officially started in his new role on Aug 2. Wolf is originally from New Prague, Minn. and has traveled for much of …
PRESCOTT – The City of Prescott has hired a new city administrator. Matt Wolf officially started in his new role on Aug 2.
Wolf is originally from New Prague, Minn. and has traveled for much of his life. He joined the Peace Corps and served in Fiji and he said that is how he became interested in community planning and development.
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Fiji for two years and that is really where I grew to love community planning and when I came back, I ended up going to grad school at Western Illinois University and getting my Master’s in public administration and policy,” Wolf said.
Wolf lived in Durand, Ill. for three years after going to grad school and worked to grow and be director of a non-profit called Durand Charm. He eventually made his way back to Minnesota and continued his journey in public administration.
Previous to taking the Prescott city administrator position, Wolf worked as the economic development coordinator and assistant to the city administrator in Cottage Grove, Minn. He has several years of experience and this was a long-term goal for him coming full circle.
“When I went to grad school and got my Master’s degree, one of the things I told myself is that I wanted to be a city administrator some day and I thought this was a great fit and I was very excited to take the position in a place as great as Prescott,” Wolf said.
After a week of being the new city administrator, Wolf is learning a lot about the position and everything that goes into it. The daily responsibilities all center around ensuring the city runs efficiently.
“I do a little bit of everything, planning, economic development, IT, and working with various departments making sure the city runs effectively and smoothly,” Wolf said.
There is a lot of collaboration that goes into this position and Wolf is focused on building relationships with the community to do that.
“I work together with all of the departments to address citizens' concerns whether it is public works all the way to public safety and I really work with the staff to make sure all those areas are covered effectively,” he said.
Wolf is looking forward to working in this new position and is excited to be in Prescott. He said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to work in a great city and there are really great people here, a great downtown area, a great business park and a great council to work with and the opportunity to continue that work that has already been established by my predecessors.”
He will work closely with Jayne Brand, who will remain on staff as city clerk.