***Update Posted July 6, 2022 @ 5:01pm. Billingsley’s official start date with the County is August 1, 2022. She will be working with the City Until July 28, 2022. KCE was provided with an updated Executive order that lists the correct start date.***
Shelly Billingsley was hired by the Kenosha Public Works department in 2003 where she worked as an engineer for 7 years. She was promoted to the position of Assistant City Engineer in 2010 and City Engineer in 2012. Mayor John Antaramian has a close friendship with Billingsley while he was a private citizen and promised Billingsley he would promote her to Director of Public Works if he was elected mayor in 2016. He was and he did.
Since 2016, Billingsley has been criticized by Aldermen and other City Officials for botching many serious public works projects.
For example, Billingsley oversaw the brand new velodrome construction and cracks starting forming almost immediately. The City and contractor worked out a deal to split the cost of the fix. Taxpayers were on the hook for her mistakes.
Billingsley’s public works department oversaw the building of the Dream Playground Project where the floor began to fail weeks after installation and the City had to battle the contractor, Magill Construction, and the City taxpayers were on the hook for some of the cost to redo the floor.
Billingsley’s public works department oversaw the downtown sidewalks and road projects that tore down beautiful trees and had sidewalks crack and deteriorate soon after construction. One City official told KCE, “Shelly is good for at least one major mistake per month.” Still, her relationship with the mayor kept her in place. Billingsley seemingly had a hard time with minor tasks also. She had trouble getting a “no parking” sign installed at the senior center. She only had one erected after an Alderman drafted an ordinance forcing her to act. She also got tired of requests from Aldermen (which is her job) and tried to complain about a “hostile work environment.”