Kim Halverson Says Goodbye to City Employment
by Brandi Makuski City- Times Editor
After 34 years of service, Kim Halverson says goodbye.
“It’s very hard to believe this is my last council meeting as your director of water and waste water. It’s an odd feeling, but a good one,” Halverson said.
Halverson said when she stopped to think about how much responsibility she actually had, it was overwhelming.
“When you think about over $80 million of assets to maintain, then you’ve got the environment to think about, and the health and well-being of the residents…it’s a little daunting,” she said.
Halverson fought back tears during her farewell speech, during which she thanked many past and current city officials, including one that stands out in unique fashion.
“I can finally say this in public, how proud I am of my son, as mayor,” she said.
“Collectively, that’s over 70 years of service to this city by the Halverson Family.”
Mayor Andrew Halverson also spoke, highlighting the many successful projects completed under Kim Halverson’s command.
“But it should be noted that everyone in the waste water department is doing their job, when no one knows they are doing anything at all,” he said.
Kim Halverson was the first woman to hold the post, and the first female appointed department head in the city’s history, having worked her way up from being a secretary.
“It’s also a privilege for me to get to serve with a mother in a way almost no one else ever could,” the mayor added.
The mayor also noted the awkward position his mother was placed in when he became mayor, saying in many ways, some accomplishments might not have received the recognition she and the department deserved.
“In many ways, Kim lost her identity as director, as she took on the role as “mayor’s mom”, or “Mother McSuit”, which is my personal favorite,” he said.
Of her many accomplishments, Kim Halverson said Well 11 is her “shining star”.
“That’s a state-of-the-art treatment facility,” she said.
“That should be the last well the city needs.”