After 37 years as city accountant, David Jakubazek will retire next month, and the staff accountant he trained will aim for a modern version of his boss' fiscally responsible legacy.
"Our Moody's Investor Rating is up there," said Mark Dotterweich, referring to the city's place in the top 20 of the 62 cities in the state. "It's all due to the boss. I'm going to try to fill some big shoes."
During a Tuesday evening work session, the Common Council appointed Dotterweich to take over July 7, when Jakubazek officially retires.
Dotterweich will make $72,642 a year, about $5,000 less than Jakubazek, said Richard Andres, Council president.
"We're looking for some continuity and some move toward modernization, and he fit the bill," Andres said of the new city accountant.
Dotterweich, 53, has been on staff for 31 years. His new job will include managing the city budget, and he will try to use less paper.
"I would like to go paperless, as much as possible, especially with the budget," he said. "We seem to kill a lot of trees. My goal is to streamline."
Jakubazek said he is proud of his career keeping the city solvent, maintaining high fund balances and helping to reduce the full-time workforce by about 100 employees in the last 10 years.
"Every day in the world of municipal government is exciting," he said.
Jakubazek looks forward to volunteering in the next phase of his career. He has submitted applications to DeGraff Memorial Hospital, the Riviera Theatre and the food pantry.
"It's just another day with different opportunities," he said of what lies ahead.