Madison Common Council

The City Council confirmed Kwasi Obeng as the new chief of staff Tuesday. The chief of staff will supervise the council’s three staff members, develop staff and program level strategies, set priorities and support alders. 

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Following a confirmation hearing Tuesday, the Madison City Council named its first ever chief of staff and gave the nominee a $2,000 pay increase.

The City Council confirmed Kwasi Obeng, a chief performance analyst with Chicago’s Inspector General Office, for the new role. Obeng is expected start work Jan. 8

“I am very appreciative of the confidence you have in me,” Obeng said. “I will definitely work tirelessly to provide the best customer service to you guys to be able to provide whatever the needs are to your constituents and making sure that government is working.”

As chief of staff, Obeng will supervise the council’s three staff members, develop staff and program level strategies, set priorities and support alders. Some alders have previously said the position is needed to help balance the workload of alders, many of whom have other full time jobs.

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The position was previously budgeted for $105,000, but Council President Marsha Rummel said Tuesday the salary would increase to $107,000.

Rummel said she recently learned Obeng had received a counteroffer from his current employer, which was in the salary range defined by the City Council Executive Committee. Additionally, Rummel said Obeng would not be eligible for a 1 percent wage increase for all city employees set in the 2018 budget because his position begins next year.

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Abigail Becker joined The Capital Times in 2016, where she primarily covers city and county government. She previously worked for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Wisconsin State Journal.