Newly-hired director of Administrative Services Mark Desotell is facing his first executive decision-and it's a tough one.
Desotell, formally hired on a unanimous vote by the Antigo Common Council Wednesday night, is a Menominee, Mich. native and Menominee Maroons alumnus.
And on Friday, Aug. 24, the Antigo Red Robins will be playing the Menominee Maroons to kick off the fall football season.
will be wearing maroon, but isn't sure who he'll be rooting for at the game, slated to take place at the Menominee stadium.
"I'm thinking maybe I'll add a Robin patch to my Maroons shirt," he
"The Menominee football coach said maybe I could come over here and do some scouting."
The personable Desotell and his
wife, Beth, attended Wednesday's brief council session, shook every alderman's hand, and took time for visits and photos.
"I appreciate the support of the council, mayor and staff," Desotell said, adding that the professionalism of the city workers is a tribute to past administrator Dale Soumis, who retired in June.
Desotell, 50, most recently served as director of public works for Marinette County.
left that position in February after five years.
A 1979 Menominee High School graduate, Desotell previously spent two years as a project manager with U.P. Engineers and Architects of Marinette.
He also worked for the Luce County Road Commission in Newberry, Mich., the Delta County Road Commission in Escanaba and the Illinois Department of Transportation in Ottawa, Ill.
wife have two children, Kyle, a freshman at Wisconsin Lutheran University
in Milwaukee, where he
is majoring in elementary education and playing on the football team, and Jennifer, age 12, who will be starting school in Antigo in just a few weeks.
The council selected Desotell
following a search conducted in association with Public Administration Associates.
will formally begin his
duties on Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day.