Edina, Minn., Jan. 13, 2022 – Four longtime staff members with more than 75 years of combined experience retired from the City of Edina in the second half of 2021.
Michael Kregness retired as a Paramedic/Firefighter in July after 22 years of service. “Not only was Mike a great Paramedic/Firefighter, but he was also our in-house baker,” said Fire Chief Andrew Slama. “Mike was well known for his birthday cake creations for all of the EFD staff and had created a following from staff at M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital who looked forward to baked treats being hand delivered from Mike.”
Called the “glue that holds the Public Works crews together” by Director Brian Olson, Public Works Administrative Support Specialist Susan Waack retired in August after 20 years. Waack also served as the department’s inventory control specialist.
Paramedic/Firefighter William O’Brien retired in November after serving the Edina Fire Department for 25 years. “Bill is calm under pressure and creates a level of trust almost immediately with the patients and residents he served throughout his 25 years,” Slama said. “Additionally, now we will not have his knowledge of sports history available during those kitchen table debates. This will now require all of the ‘younger’ staff to begin using Google again.”
Just before the end of the year, Public Works Administrative Support Specialist Marge Bergman retired on Dec. 15 after 13 with the City. “Whenever Marge would come back from a vacation, she would always bring some treats for the group. That just shows a greater level of care beyond just punching a clock and putting in your eight hours,” said Public Works Coordinator Dave Goergen. “Marge always did her best and always had her coworkers in mind as well as heart,” said Public Works Coordinator Dave Goergen.
“We are a people-driven organization,” said City Manager Scott Neal. “We always lament losing our teammates to retirement, but we’re happy for them as well to move into the next phase of life.”
For more information on employment with the City of Edina, visit EdinaMN.gov/Jobs.