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First day on the job for new city manager


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The first day on the job can be nerve-racking. Now imagine that job includes overseeing an entire city budget.  Russell Van Gompel is Eau Claire's new city manager.  Monday was his first day on the job.  He will oversee a budget of about $130 million and more than 500 employees. 

Van Gompel has been the village manager in Brown Deer for the past 14 years.  Brown Deer is a suburb of Milwaukee. Van Gompel says he is ready to work for a city that's considered an area hub. "What's really exciting about it is it's college community and a college town and having younger people involved in the community is very exciting and I look forward to that opportunity of working a full service community," says Eau Claire City Manager Russell Van Gompel.

Eau Claire has been without a permanent city manager since last December. Van Gompel also talked about one of the challenges the new job will present.

He says, "The pressure on property taxes is not unique to any one community across the entire state and the whole challenge in local government is to try to continue to provide the services that the people want and do it in a cost effective manner. And sometimes we have to make hard choices on what services are most critical and how we are going to fund those services."

Van Gompel has a three-year contract with the city.

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