Dan Czarnecki, the city of Fenton’s director of public works since January of 2011, has resigned. His last day with the city will be July 24.
Czarnecki replaced the late Leslie P. Bland, who served in that position for more than 41 years before retiring in 2011.
“I am leaving Fenton because I have an opportunity to return to the west side of Michigan and end my career near where it began,” Czarnecki said. “I am from the Grand Rapids area originally, my mother, in-laws, and the rest of our families live in that area. I will be returning there myself with this change of employment. While it was a very, very hard decision to make, I think the move will be for the better for me and my family.
“I was offered the Public Works director position for the city of Lowell, Michigan,” he said. “It was a very good offer that was hard to turn down. My last day working at the city of Fenton will be July 24. Although I will be in the area until the end of the month. I start in Lowell on Aug. 5.”
Czarnecki will be joining former Fenton Assistant City Manager Michael Burns, who left in 2016 to accept a position as city manager in Lowell. Burns said this week, “I am very excited to work with Dan again. Dan is an excellent Public Works director and stood out amongst me and my staff during the interview process. We have some needs in our Department of Public Works where I
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believe Dan can come in and correct those needs and put us on a proper path. Dan is from West Michigan and I’ve always known he’s wanted to come back to West Michigan if the opportunity presented itself. We had a very good person in that role who we lost to the city of Douglas to become their city manager and while I didn’t want to lose that individual, I’m glad the opportunity presented itself for Dan to come help us in the City of Lowell.”
“I have very much enjoyed working for this community. There are many good people working at the city that I enjoy working with,” Czarnecki said. “The entire Public Works Department, including those in the public works division, as well as the water treatment employees, water distribution workers, and water billing clerk, are the best anywhere. They are a team of dedicated people who will do what it takes to serve Fenton. I have never worked with a better group of public works employees. The community should be very happy with the quality of workers that are here.”
Czarnecki added that the Fenton community has many volunteers that are doing a great job helping to build up the area for residents and visitors.
“It’s amazing to see some of these people work very hard for the benefit of the entire city,” he said. “There are a couple of those volunteers I am going to miss dearly. I wish the best for the entire community.
“The direction of Fenton is positive,” Czarnecki said. “There have been many improvements over the years that have been very good for the city of Fenton and the area. I wish only the best for my coworkers, my Fenton friends, and the community.”
Until the Fenton City Council and administration decides how to proceed with replacing Czarnecki, there is a deputy Public Works director, Dan Brisson, who will likely handle the responsibilities of the director.