The Human Resources/Benefits Coordinator position has effectively been removed from the City Hall bargaining unit with the addition of a new Fire Department Administrative Assistant position. With this change, Michelle Schroeder has been promoted to Human Resources Administrator, the converted exempt position. Michelle started with the City of Marquette as a Customer Account Clerk/Cashier in March of 2015 and promoted to HR/Benefits Coordinator in February of 2019.
Fire Marshal Tom Dunleavy has retired as of July 4th. Tom was originally hired by the City of Marquette
as a Firefighter in June of 1994. He was promoted through the ranks of Relief Engineer, Engineer,
Sergeant and to his most recent position as Captain/Fire Inspector in 2016, renamed to Fire Marshal as
of Oct. 2020. Congratulations, Tom!
Sherry Sullivan was hired by the City in October 2020 and quickly moved to fill the vacancy as Utility Billing Clerk shortly thereafter. Sherry has transferred back to the Customer Account Clerk/Cashier position effective once the Utility Billing Clerk position has been filled, to fill the vacancy created by Amber LaMarre’s resignation.
Michelle Schroeder has posted for the Deputy Treasurer position with the vacancy created by Terra Bahrman’s promotion. Michelle started with the City of Marquette as a Customer Account Clerk/Cashier in March of 2015 and promoted to HR/Benefits Coordinator in February of 2019.
Andrew Taseris has been promoted to Meter Service Technician effective June 7th. Andrew has been with the City since
July 2018, originally hired on as a Heavy Equipment Operator.
Jim Fraley has been officially awarded the Special Equipment Operator position in Streets effective June 21st. Jim was
originally hired by the City in June of 2004 as a Heavy Equipment Operator.
Newly hired Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Scott Dietrich, has resigned his position effective May 31. Scott just
joined the City of Marquette team early this year and left for personal reasons.
Amber LaMarre has resigned her position as Customer Account Clerk/Cashier. Her last day was June 15th. Amber left to spend time with her new son. Amber had been with the City for nearly four years.
Special Equipment Operator Dave Outinen has officially retired as of June 7th. Dave had been with the City of Marquette since October of 1990. Congratulations, Dave!
Kristina Calzetta has joined the City of Marquette Police Department team as
Clerical Dispatcher effective June 14th. Kristina previously worked as Corporal –
Corrections Division for the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office. She has a bachelor’s degree from NMU
in Criminal Justice. Welcome, Kristina!
Brandon Morey has been hired as the City’s newest Firefighter as of June 7th. Brandon most recently
worked for UP Health Systems as an EMT and part-time for Sands Township as a Firefighter. Brandon
spent most of his career to date as the Lead Pastor at Lake Superior Christian Church until he decided
to become a Firefighter/Paramedic. Welcome, Brandon!
Teresa Locknane resigned as the Fire Department’s Administrative Assistant to move out of the area.
Teresa’s last day in the office was July 23rd. Teresa had been with the City since December of 2016
and played an instrumental role in developing and maintaining the short-term rental program here in
Karen Kovacs has assumed her position as our new City Manager effective June 7th. Karen has
come to Marquette from lower Michigan. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in
Applied Technology in Business from Oakland University. Karen has spent the last 10 years serving
communities of many sizes and financial states. The first three years were spent in municipalities under
emergency management. The last six years, she worked for the City of Milan, Mich., initially as the
City Finance Director/Treasurer and promoted to City Administrator in 2019. Prior to her transition to
municipal government, Karen worked as an Audit Associate for KPMG and a Governmental Accounting
Professional Consultant for Plante & Moran. Welcome, Karen!
The City of Marquette, Community Services Department and Marquette Playgrounds For All committee, invite the community to participate in several public input sessions the week of May 17, 2021. Sessions will be hosted by Sanders & Czapski Associates and partners Progressive A&E and Let Kids Play. The public is encouraged to attend any or all the following opportunities:
Monday, May 17, 2021
12:30-2:30 pm Meet the Team, Imagine a New Playground
On-Site at Kids Cove Playground, Mattson Park
Meet the design team, Marquette Playgrounds For All and City Staff. This informal session will provide an opportunity for the community and the design team to begin to imagine a new playground at the park.
5:30-7:30 pm Inclusive Design Presentation
Lakeview Arena – Russell Arena (or Zoom)**
Mara Kaplan of Let Kids Play will present the background of inclusive design and play specific to playgrounds.
Tuesday May 18, 2021
11:30-1:30 pm Drop-In Design Day Workshop*
Lakeview Arena – Russell Arena **
Poster examples of potential playground elements will be available and participants will vote for favorites using a cell phone app.
5:30-7:30 pm Design Presentation and Workshop*
Lakeview Arena – Russell Arena (or Zoom) **
An interactive presentation and workshop on possible design aspects. Participants will vote for favorites using the cell phone app. Middle school and high school students are welcome.
Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations to attend these events. To request accommodations please call Community Services, 906-228-0460 by May 14, 2021 at noon.
* All participants in the Tuesday events are encouraged to bring a picture of children who will use the new playground. These will be incorporated into a collage at the end of the project.
** COVID-19 safety protocols for events at Lakeview Arena will require all attendees wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance. Attendees will be limited to 100 persons. Additional participation will be available via Zoom (link at kidscovemqt.com) and the cell phone app.
The City of Marquette offers Flexible Medical Spending Accounts and other voluntary benefits through a Section 125 Plan. Cafeteria plans, or plans governed by IRS Code Section 125, allow employers to help employees pay for expenses such as supplemental insurance with pre-tax dollars. The City offers the Section 125 Plan to all active full-time employees.
The City has worked together with our Section 125 Plan vendor, American Fidelity, to develop options for enrollment to be held in person and virtually.
Open enrollment week is May 10-14, 2021. A link will be provided the week prior to open enrollment to schedule a virtual visit.
Fire and Police employees do not need to schedule an appointment. A block of time has been reserved for your convenience in your department. If you cannot make one of the available dates, please contact HR to schedule an appointment at a different location.
All other employees are required to schedule an appointment either in person or virtually to sign up or sign off. Please contact HR to schedule your appointment today at X8584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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