Crandell retiring as Waukesha's community development director this summer

Published on: 2/6/2014

Longtime City of Waukesha Community Development Director Steve Crandell announced this week he will retire this summer.

In an interview today, Crandell, who has been with the city for 38 years, said he will step down the first week of August.

He started with the city in 1976 as an intern before beginning his career in the Engineering Department. Crandell spent one year there until he moved over to the city's Planning Department. 

Crandell served as the city's planner until he became the community development director in 1998. 

In recent years, Crandell has also served as an interim city administrator on two occasions

The first was in 2007 for eight months before Lori Luther was hired in 2008.

After she left her position in mid-2011, Crandell again filled in until the city hired its new city administrator, Ed Henschel, more than a year later. 

"This has been a very privileged career and I have seen the transformation and growth of this community," Crandell said.