4 Ann Arbor City Government Leaders Retire With 110 Years of Combined Service

ANN ARBOR, MI — Four longtime Ann Arbor leaders with nearly 110 years of combined service in city government are retiring.

The city highlighted the retirements in its February newsletter, saying the city was saying goodbye to some of its most valued employees, including City Attorney Stephen Postema, Utilities Administrator Craig Hupy, parks director Colin Smith and Dave Borneman of the Natural Areas Preservation Program. .

Postema has headed the city attorney’s office since 2003 and is being replaced by local attorney Atleen Kaur, who is expected to take office in April. Postema, who is retiring before then, is being temporarily replaced by the city’s chief assistant attorney, Kevin McDonald, who will serve as acting city attorney.

Councilman Jack Eaton, left, and City Attorney Stephen Postema during the Ann Arbor City Council Board of Directors meeting on the third floor of City Hall on May 14, 2019.ryan stanton | Ann Arbor News

Postema has agreed to provide transitional legal advisory/consulting services to the city through November, pursuant to a council-approved agreement allowing it to work 10 hours per week at a rate of $96 per hour after the retirement.

While Postema served nearly two decades as mayor, Hupy beat him with 36 years of service.

Hupy began working for the city in 1986 as a civil engineer, then as utility superintendent, systems planning manager, and field operations manager before rising to the role of utilities administrator. public ten years ago.

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City Utilities Administrator Craig Hupy speaks during the Ann Arbor City Council’s annual budget planning session at City Hall on Dec. 9, 2019.ryan stanton | Ann Arbor News

As one of the city’s top executives, Hupy oversees several departments, including engineering and public works, water and wastewater treatment, and systems planning.

Hupy is scheduled to retire Feb. 11, after which Brian Steglitz, the city’s water treatment manager, will take over as interim utility administrator.

Smith retired last month after more than 25 years with the city, the last 14 as director of parks. He started working for the parks department out of high school, starting as a golf cart operator, and has held several positions within the parks system over the years – including as a golf instructor. and pilot Zamboni – as he eventually climbed to first place.

Deputy Parks Superintendent Josh Landefeld serves as interim superintendent while the city conducts a search to replace Smith.

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Parks Superintendent Colin Smith poses for a portrait at West Park in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Smith is retiring in January and looks forward to training his Golden Retriever, Moon, to be a therapy dog. (Alyte Katilius | MLive.com)Alyte Katilius | MLive.com

Borneman, who is retiring this month, started working for the city in 2003 as a natural areas preservation coordinator – at the time under the parks forestry division – and was promoted to director in 2001 and to his current position as Assistant Parks Director for Volunteerism and NAP. in 2013.

The city is using Borneman’s retirement as an opportunity to combine positions, Landefeld told the city’s parks advisory board recently, noting that the city has had an outside contract employee through the Conservation Fund that manages the the city’s greenspace and parks acquisition program, which includes the greenbelt, and that is expected to come internally with the creation of a new position of assistant director of parks for the acquisition of greenspaces and of parks, sustainability and NAP.

“Combining them gives us the opportunity to provide additional resources to both NAP and acquisition,” Landefeld said, calling it exciting and something the city has wanted to do for years. The advertised salary range for the new assistant manager position is $90,000 to $104,000.

The advertised salary range for the position of Senior Fleet Manager is $105,000 to $121,000.

For the new city attorney, the city council set Kaur’s salary at $210,000.

As for the utility administrator position, Hupy had a final salary of approximately $158,000 and Steglitz’s salary will be approximately $147,000 while he serves in the interim role. A salary scale for the permanent position has not yet been released.

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