Hudson city administrator to step down

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Aaron Reeves, who has served as city administrator of Hudson, Wis., since September 2019, will be leaving his position next month.

Reeves, 49, of Hudson, announced his resignation Oct. 13 in a letter to Mayor Rich O’Connor and the Hudson City Council. His last day will be sometime around Thanksgiving, he said.

Aaron Reeves (Courtesy photo)

“It has been an honor to work for the city,” Reeves said Thursday. “My proudest accomplishment has been to have done my part in keeping Hudson a safe and beautiful place to visit and live.”

Reeves would not disclose his plans after leaving the city, other than to say he plans to “continue in government.”

Reeves announced a year ago that he was resigning from the city’s top job, but later changed his mind after receiving “a great amount of support from council and staff that made me think hard about my decision,” he told the Hudson Star-Observer in a story posted on Oct. 4, 2022. “Hudson is an amazing community with top notch staff and a strong council that I want to be a part of moving forward.”

Assistant City Administrator Michael Johnson will serve as interim administrator until a new city administrator is hired.

The Hudson City Council plans to use Public Administration Associates LLC, based in Whitewater, Wis., to conduct the search, which will commence after the holidays, Reeves said. PAA is the search firm that the council used when Reeves was hired, he said.

Prior to taking the job in Hudson, Reeves served as city administrator in Cloquet from 2017-2019 and as assistant city administrator in Rochester from 2016-2017. Reeves also served as city clerk in Rochester; city administrator in Cannon Falls, Minn., and city administrator in Kenyon, Minn.

He has a master’s degree in public administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southwest Minnesota State University.

“I want to thank all the council members who served during my tenure for giving me the opportunity to serve,” Reeves said. “I really want to thank the department heads and city staff, whose hard work made my job much easier. I owe any success I’ve had to the staff and their commitment to the city.”

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