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Brookfield eliminating top staff position

Staff to share retiring administrator's duties

April 14, 2010

Brookfield Director of Administration Dean Marquardt - who helped spearhead numerous projects, including the renovation of the city's Civic Plaza and the relocation of two fire stations - will retire May 3.

And when he does, the city will divide up his responsibilities among other departments, effectively eliminating his position.

Marquardt oversees the city's inspection services, emergency management, fleet services and facilities departments, as well as the city clerk's office. His salary was $108,785 in 2009.

Two decades with city

Marquardt has worked for the city since 1990, serving as the head of the inspections department before being named Mayor Kathryn Bloomberg's chief of staff in 1999.

When Mayor Jeff Speaker was elected to his first term in 2002, Marquardt was named director of facilities and inspection services to accommodate former Alderman Dan Waffenschmidt's appointment as Speaker's chief of staff. Waffenschmidt resigned in November 2003, and Marquardt has served as director of administration since then.

Marquardt, 62, said he has had retirement in mind for about two years and does not have any future employment planned at this point.

He said a big factor in his decision was the fact that his two daughters recently moved back to Brookfield, and he and his wife now will be able to spend more time with their four grandchildren.

Marquardt said he also will have more time to travel with his family.

Changes to existing positions

Mayor-elect Steve Ponto, who will be sworn in April 20, said several hours of meetings with senior staff members resulted in the idea to "reassign (Marquardt)'s duties within existing personnel" instead of filling the position.

The changes could mean adjustments in the pay levels of some existing positions.

Ponto said he would like to have a reorganization plan in place by the time Marquardt steps down.

He praised Marquardt for his work with the city.

"There are few people who know the city of Brookfield better than Dean Marquardt," he said. "I've always appreciated the importance of (his) role."

Ponto also said Marquardt will be a good source of advice even after he steps down.

"I really want to be able to tap into his expertise even after he's gone from his regular job at the city," Ponto said.

Proud of accomplishments

For his part, Marquardt said he thoroughly enjoyed his years in city government, citing several accomplishments, including the improvements to the Civic Plaza at City Hall, upgrades to the City Hall building and the reconstruction of the city's Public Works building.

"I know what the Civic Center plaza looked like when I started," he said. "I think those changes were positive and will carry on for a number of years."

Marquardt also said he was proud of the reorganization of the city's inspections department in the early years of his tenure, saying it resulted in "one of the finest inspections departments around."

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