Susan Robertson has resigned from her position as village manager of Fox Point and will soon relocate to Sun Valley, ID.
She said this is a dream come true that's been 26 years in the making.
"I feel like when I'm out West, I'm living my dream," Robertson said. "It's so exciting."
Robertson will take on the position of city administrator for the city of Sun Valley. Her last day as manager in Fox Point is Dec. 27. She made $110,757 this year in Fox Point, and she will make $125,000 per year in Sun Valley.
"I’ve wanted to live back out there since I left Laramie years ago," she said.
Robertson's husband and daughter will join her out in Idaho, however, she said her husband will stay behind just long enough to sell their current home.
Robertson’s move to Sun Valley comes on the heels of an investigation into Sun Valley city employees after allegations of misappropriation of city property, time card fraud and misuse of city credit cards. The prosecuting attorney said Wednesday he will not file criminal charges, according to the Idaho Mountain Express.
"I see my role as helping to restore confidence in the position," Robertson said. "Sun Valley is a premier ski community and it should also have a premier government, in my opinion, so whatever I can do to further that, I will."
Robertson's duties as city administrator will be very similar to her job as Village Manager, however she said she won't have as much authority. In Fox Point, Robertson works for the village board, whereas in Sun Valley, she will work for Mayor Dewayne Briscoe.
Sun Valley had a population of 1,406 in 2010, but there are also about 2,900 housing units, Robertson said, creating a different residential atmosphere from Milwaukee's North Shore, where it's not uncommon to be a lifelong resident.
"You have about 1,400 people owning twice as many properties as here, and only about one-third of them live there year round," she said. "It’s mostly second homes."
Roots in the Rockies
Robertson said she wasn't necessarily looking for a new job, however she's always kept her eye on what's happening in the Rockies. Her love for that region began when she was a child.
"I used to watch all these westerns, and I was in love with horses," she said. "I first went out to Yellowstone when I was 23 and I’ve been out there almost every summer since because I just fell in love with the animals, mountains and geology and everything."
After that first trip, when she was about 26 years old, she applied for a job as town manager for Jackson, WY. She didn't get the job, but now, 26 years later, she's gotten her dream job.
"It's taken me 26 years to get to where I want to be," Robertson said. "It just feels wonderful. It's like a dream come true."