Saturday, August 25, 2012

Waukesha Water Utility Loses Key Staffer To Green Bay

The Waukesha Freeman reported today that Nancy Quirk, technical services manager at the Waukesha Water Utility, has taken a job as the General Manager of the Green Bay Water Utility.

I'd reported on this blog Friday about an apparent high-level resignation in Waukesha.

It's a huge promotion for Quirk, who was blocked from the top Waukesha water job by Duchniak - - recruited from Oak Creek to Waukesha with the long-term water supply issue a top priority.

Duchniak was recently provided by the utility commission with a vehicle and cash bonus opportunities as its slow-moving and precedent-setting Lake Michigan diversion application moves forward.

It will be interesting to see what impact if any this has on that application, a major and controversial water utility project in Waukesha over the past few years.

The team that put together or promoted the application for Waukesha has changed markedly.

City administrator Lori Luther left in the summer of 2011.

In early 2010, the utility parted ways with its long-term application technical consultant, and Mayor Larry Nelson, a diversion proponent, was defeated in April, 2010, by current incumbent Jeff Scrima.


Anonymous said...

If I were doing all the work for the slew of consultants and organizations wanting all the required data for the diversion application and future rate increases, I'd expect a great raise. Watching the figurehead for the organization get praised with outlandish fiscal compensation, would have me running to the exit too.
If Ms. Quirk had a tough job, wait until the application is released to the other states for review. Good luck filling this position. It took Waukesha a year to find another candidate to replace the former city administrator after the commotion and agitation she created. And coincidentally, the new prospect won't be on the supposed 3 person negotiating team for Lake Michigan because the supplier will be named soon by the 2 person (neither elected) negotiating team.
The old regime pursuing Lake Michigan Water is falling apart fast.

Boxer said...

Too bad for Duckniak that Quirk now out-ranks her former boss. The question now is will she relocate to Green Bay from her home in Madison, or continue to carpet-bag as she has done for the last 10 years?

Water World said...

Who wants to work in such a toxic environment where cooperation is a dirty word?

Anonymous said...


I guess you would have to call Dan Duchniak a carpet bagger too. He lives in Franklin.

Also - Quirk doesn't out-rank Duchniak if she isn't working for the same organization.

Last point to anon 1:21 comments. Once the water utility union contracts expire and employees are hit up with Act 10, one would think moral in the water utility is going to sink given the super duper pay increases and bonuses Dan Duchniak got.