Mark Biernacki, City Manager of the City of DeKalb, has announced his retirement. The following is his letter to Mayor Kris Povlsen.
February 27, 2013
Mr. Kris Povlsen, Mayor
City of DeKalb
200 South Fourth Street
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
I am submitting this letter to inform you of my intent to retire from the City of DeKalb. My last day of employment with the City will be Friday, June 14, 2013.
The decision to retire was not an easy one. I feel I can continue to offer top quality public service to the DeKalb community. However, in leaving at this time, the community can benefit from fresh ideas and fresh energy that a new City Manager will bring when assisting the newly elected Mayor and City Council as they formulate their future vision and direction for the City.
I have enjoyed immensely the opportunities I have been given to serve the DeKalb community. I have fortunate to do so for 19 years, 10 of which as the Community Development Director in the 1990s and, more successes during that time. Of note are the revitalization of our downtown, the construction of the new Police Station, the recovery in our financial position since the collapse in our economy in 2008-2009, the too numerous to mention city-wide economic development projects, the strengthened and collaborative working relationships with other governments and taxing district partners, adoption of the safe and quality housing programs and ordinances, and the adoption of many development regulations and policies that will serve the community for many decades to come.
My most proud accomplishment is the quality people we have been able to hire over the past several years. The Assistant City Manager, Public Works Director, Police Chief, Fire Chief, and Finance Director are all strong and very talented leaders. Together, they form the key leadership team for the City. I am confident they will serve the new City Manager, Mayor, and Council in carrying out the new policies and programs they will be creating.
Again, thank you for all that you and the City have done for me and my professional career. It has truly been a privilege.
Copy: City Council
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