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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 18:00

Imig leaving 10-year job to become public works director in Glendale

    Port Washington Parks and Recreation Director Charlie Imig has resigned effective Nov. 8.
    Imig, who has been the parks and recreation director for the past 10 years, will begin his new job as director of public works for the City of Glendale less than a week later, on Monday, Nov. 13.
    “It’s a good opportunity,” Imig said. “I’m proud of my time here. I love it here. My philosophy is you leave a place better than it was when you found it, and I think I can say I did that.”
    Imig said he is proud of the many parks the city has added during his tenure, a list that includes Coal Dock Park and South Beach as well as numerous neighborhood parks.
    He’s also proud of the programs he’s been involved in, such as the community beer gardens, breakwater improvements and the Polar Express, a joint effort with the Grafton and Cedarburg recreation departments that he championed.
    It’s an idea he copied from his previous job, Imig said.
    “I thought why can’t we do it here?” he said.
    Innovative programs like that have set Imig apart from other directors, said Ron Voigt, a longtime Parks and Recreation board member.
    “He’s been very creative in the program designs, and he’s very good in coordinating with the parks and recreation departments in Cedarburg and Grafton on programs we can do together,” Voigt said, citing not only the Polar Express but also the pool superpass program.
    Imig, he said, has also made the city’s resources stretch to encompass more programs, and he’s provided the type of atmosphere in which new programs can flourish.
    Imig said he’s also proud of the many people, young and old, he’s met through recreation programs and hired as staff.
    “That’s what makes Port great, all these different connections with families and people,” he said, noting more than 100 teens are hired by the department each summer. Many come back year after year, and they keep in touch even after leaving.
    “That’s the kind of stuff where I feel like I did make a difference,” Imig said.
    But, Imig said, he hasn’t done it alone. He credited his assistants, such as Diana Verheyen, with helping him through the years.