General Manager/Senior Consultant
RW Management Group, Inc.
Ed Henschel is the General Manager for RW Management Group, Inc. Prior to joining RW Management Group he served as a city administrator and village manager for 27 years, serving municipalities in Wisconsin and Michigan. He also has 12 years of municipal consulting experience conducting department operation reviews and labor negotiations. As a consultant he has specialized in shared service and consolidation studies as well as management reviews for a wide range of municipal departments.
Ed successfully created one of the first consolidated police departments in Michigan in the 1970s. Since then he has been involved in a number of consolidation projects throughout the Midwest, both as a municipal manager and a consultant. He has also written articles and spoken at state, regional and national conferences on this subject.
As a labor negotiator he has represented management to bargain contracts with unions representing a number of different departments of various sizes. He negotiated the first as well as successor contracts for a newly created consolidated fire department. He also has negotiated a very complex contract to transition municipal employees from a private pension fund to a state Retirement System.
As a result of his many years managing municipal governments, Ed has extensive experience with personnel matters, overtime analysis, department operations, strategic planning, budgeting, financial planning, strategic planning and municipal recruitment.
In addition to his responsibilities as a consultant, Ed has also served as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin City/County Management Association. He is also a member of the International City/County Management Association, the Milwaukee Area Municipal Employers Association and is on the board of directors of the Public Policy Forum, which conducts regional public policy analysis and is on the Advisory Board for the Masters in Public Administration Program at Northern Illinois University and teaches graduate level course at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
In September of 2012, Mr. Henschel was appointed City Administrator of Waukesha, WI., which is the seventh largest city in Wisconsin.
Central Michigan University - Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Political Science
University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management - Management Training Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency – Emergency Management Response Training
Numerous association and agency seminars