Whitefish Bay village manager to retire

Published on: 11/5/2010

Whitefish Bay Village Manager James Grassman will retire at the end of the year or early next year, the village announced in a press release Friday.

The release said that Grassman, 63, has been considering retirement for several years. He's been the target of anger from some village residents upset with the village's response to the heavy flooding the village experienced over the summer.

Village President Kathleen Pritchard praised Grassman in the release, calling him a "true professional, and a respected voice among his peers."

Grassman was hired as village manager in 2002, before that serving in similar roles in De Pere, Wauwatosa, Urbana, Ill., and Two Rivers.

The village release credited Grassman with solving "major challenges" in the controversial expansion of the Jewish Community Center and the demolition of the old National Guard armory.

He was also credited for turning around the village's financial problems.

Matthew Schuenke, assistant village manager, will serve as interim manager until a permanent successor to Grassman can be found, the village said.