Butler's Jesse Thyes resigns
Village of Butler — After shepherding a community through a centennial anniversary celebration and a high-profile controversy this year, Jesse Thyes is moving on.
Thyes, Butler's village administrator and clerk, recently submitted his resignation with the Village Board. He has been named to the position of assistant city administrator and human resources director with the City of Mequon.
But Thyes' oversight of Butler is not yet finished. He will continue to serve in his role through the end of November as his successor is sought. In the months ahead, Thyes will wrap up a number of projects, including piecing together Butler's 2014 municipal budget.
Thyes, who said he did not believe his resignation was worthy of extensive press coverage, declined to be interviewed by the Sun this week. But he did email his thoughts and emphasized he is leaving Butler on good terms.
"As the administrator, it is my duty to carry out the policies of the Village Board, thus I am somewhat a 'behind-the-scenes' guy for the village," Thyes wrote in his email to the newspaper. "Not to downplay what I have accomplished during my time with the village, but I do not believe that my moving on is necessarily newsworthy."
Thyes will be moving from a head leadership role in a community of 1,841 people, according to the 2010 Census, to an assistant leadership position in a community of 23,132 people.
He said the change in venue and job responsibilities was strictly for professional advancement and acknowledged it was not an easy decision to make.
"In the end, I believe the opportunity to serve a significantly larger community will provide me with even more professional experience as I move forward in my career," he wrote.
Thyes, 36, assumed his role in Butler in July 2011. This summer, Thyes' visibility increased as he served as the official spokesperson for the village after controversy erupted in the aftermath of former Police Chief Michael Cosgrove's retirement.
In his email to the Sun, Thyes did not directly address the situation. Instead, he said his time with the village has been overwhelmingly positive.
"My time with the village of Butler has been great — challenging, at times, but I would not trade it for anything," Thyes said. "The hands-on experience that I garnered while in Butler is irreplaceable, and the employees and volunteers I have worked with are nothing short of fantastic."
Thyes said he has long believed Butler is a special community. He said he experienced the virtues of the village throughout the past two-and-a-half years as he has interacted with residents and business owners.
"For the residents and elected officials alike, the village's motto of being 'a good place to start and a great place to stay' is taken very seriously," Thyes said. "(It) helped to guide me as the administrator, and I am sure will aid any future administrators as well."
Prior to assuming his position in Butler, Thyes was the assistant village manager in Brown Deer.
The search for Thyes' successor is underway. An application deadline of Oct. 23 has been set, and Village President Richard Ensslin will lead a team selecting the next administrator.
Top stories from the Lake Country area. Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
A Lake Country Twist
on holiday favorites
Click here for stories
on community pride
Do you have news or a nonprofit event that you would like to share with the community? Whether it's a community organization, a business, a local school, or a notable neighbor, we'd love to hear about it.
- CPA Presents - "Avner the Eccentric"
- Hamilton National Honor Society hosts food drive
- Hamilton students selected for Honors Band Festival
- Need some holiday gift ideas for that golfer in your life?
- Elation Dance Center Presents: Wonders of the Season
- Cornerstone Community Bank Hosting Cash Drive for Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry
- Santa Lucia Festival & Craft Fair Dec. 7
- Local Chiropractors Discuss: Fun With Google Body Browser
Lake Country residents share their views on news, happenings and current events.
LivingLakeCountry.com features more than a dozen community bloggers - a group of volunteer conversation leaders who are up on the latest topics and never short on an opinion. Just a few are pictured here. Check out the rest and see what they have to say!
View All Blogs
Do you want to become a Community Blogger? LivingLakeCountry.com welcomes your thoughts and opinions. Contact us for more information:
I want to blog