Steve Glammeyer leaves some big shoes to fill, and it will be up to city manager David Torgler to find the applicant with the right fit. Because the position requires a licensed engineer, there is no one currently on staff with the proper qualifications.
Torgler said he will follow the same procedure he used for hiring a police chief. The first step is to hold focus groups to identify the traits desired in the next public works/utilities director. "That way, when we do post the job and go through applications, we can focus on what we as a community are looking for. Hopefully we can find one person of the quality that Steve Glammeyer has been for this community."
Torgler said public works and utilities are a natural fit. Having those two departments under one director encourages coordination of infrastructure improvements. Those coordinated efforts, in turn, benefit developers looking at residential or commercial property, as well as the city's ratepayers. "For example, we don't improve a street one year and the next year tear it up to replace a sewer line -- unless there's an emergency," Torgler said.
He expects the search process to take 90 to 120 days.
"We have been blessed to have a dedicated public works professional like Steve," Torgler said. "It speaks so well of him and his leadership that he's been promoted through so many positions. He's also well regarded by those he's interacted with in the community, in service organizations and in professional organizations like the American Public Works Association. All these things speak to somebody who has been an asset to the city."