Thanks for years of service: City salutes retiring leaders

This winter, the City of Ann Arbor is bidding thanks and farewell to some of its most valued employees. Four city leaders, with a combined tenure of nearly 110 years, are retiring after careers — and community — well served.

Craig Hupy started with the city in 1986 as a civil engineer, later also serving in the roles of utility field superintendent, systems planning manager and field operations services manager before being promoted to public services area administrator, where he’s served since 2012. Hupy retires Feb. 11, when current Water Treatment Services Manager Brian Steglitz will become the area administrator on an interim basis.

Stephen Postema has been a dedicated city servant since his appointment to Ann Arbor City Attorney in 2003. He has served all of his nearly 19 years with the city in this leadership position, and also was a city election commissioner. Chief Deputy City Attorney Kevin McDonald will become the interim city attorney upon Postema’s retirement. An announcement of City Council appointment for a new city attorney is expected in the coming months.

In January, Colin Smith concluded his more-than 25-year career with the city, with the last 14 years of which as parks and recreation services manager. Smith is lauded for nurturing a leading municipal parks and recreation system, thereby leaving a legacy that will positively impact generations of parks users. Deputy Manager Josh Landefeld is currently serving in the interim role.

Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation will soon be missing another longtime leader. Dave Borneman, parks and recreation deputy manager, Natural Area Preservation (NAP), will be retiring this month. Starting with the city in November 1993 as NAP coordinator, at the time under the parks forestry division, Borneman was promoted to manager in 2001, and then to his current position, where he’s served since 2013.

Recruitment efforts have been ongoing to fill all of these positions. Please join the city in extending appreciation and congratulations to each of these devoted professionals.

Pictured: top left, Craig Hupy; top right, Stephen Postema; bottom left, Colin Smith; bottom right, Dave Borneman