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City 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, after more than a year with interim leadership.

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

After an executive session, the Genoa City Council voted unanimously to appoint Osten to the part-time role May 7, according to city agenda documents.

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, the release states.

“Genoa weathered a storm and came out stronger than before due to the hard work and diligence of Bill,” the release states. “And for that we are truly grateful.”

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 and administration, and urban regional planning, Osten spent 30 years working in small-town local governments, according to a news release from the city.

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

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