Lisa Kotter, Geneseo’s new city administrator, started work on Monday, Feb. 2 — a day after a winter storm dumped a foot of snow on the city.

Lisa Kotter, Geneseo’s new city administrator, started work on Monday, Feb. 2 — a day after a winter storm dumped a foot of snow on the city.

The weather was no surprise to Kotter, who spent the last 17 years as city administrator in Clintonville, Wis., a town of 4,600 just west of Green Bay.

“Clintonville has quite a lot of industrial development, as well as a number of TIF districts,” said Kotter. “It also had an electric utility.”

Though Geneseo doesn’t have the industrial industry like Clintonville, Kotter said because Geneseo is slightly larger, there are “added amenities” such as a local hospital.

“Geneseo is a nice, friendly small town,” she said. “Christmas Walk was the weekend of my first interview, and it was a nice way to show off the flavor of the community.

“Geneseo is a community which has invested in themselves. There’s a new city hall, new police station, new fire station and plans for a new pool,” she explained.

As city administrator, Kotter’s role is to serve as a liaison for the city and work with business officials and residents. Her responsibilities also include serving as a coordinator between city departments.

A native of the Milwaukee area, Kotter earned an undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and considered a career in law.

“I thought about going to law school, but realized I wasn’t interested in the day-to-day part of being a lawyer,” she said. Instead, Kotter opted to earn her master’s in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Until coming to Geneseo, Kotter spent her entire career working in Wisconsin.

“There’s a learning curve because so much of what we do is governed by state laws,” she said. “For instance, in Wisconsin, agendas must be posted 24 hours in advance. In Illinois, it’s 48 hours.”

With two weeks of work in Geneseo under her belt, Kotter said she’s enjoying her new position.

“It’s been great so far. Everyone has been very friendly, and I’m looking forward to serving the community.”