SHEBOYGAN — What will 2021 bring for the City of Sheboygan? According to City Administrator Todd Wolf, it's a time for the city to look inward.
"One of the things I had said when I first went into this position is, because of COVID and the reduction in development, we really need to focus on our internal processes so that we can become better at our operations," Wolf said. "That way, when we start picking up, post-COVID, which is going to happen, then we're really set to move forward even faster on the outside."
At Monday's Common Council meeting, Wolf presented the 2021 State of the City Address, which highlighted two main investments—employees and technology.
Since taking over the position in June, Wolf has made an emphasis to dive into being efficient with its employees and also keeping them satisfied. The 2021 plan includes further position analysis and restructuring, succession planning to ease transitions between retirements and other personnel changes and adjusting "overdue cultural changes".
"Employees are our number one thing," Wolf said.
Additionally, the City has been focusing on bringing its technologies and internal infrastructures up-to-date, all the way down to ensuring each employee has the latest version of Microsoft.
The largest effort there is improving the city's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, which houses essentials from finance and payroll to human resources.