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Mayor: Wausau's public works director resigns

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WAUSAU (WAOW) – Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple said Thursday that the city's director of public works has resigned.

Bradley Marquardt's resignation was effective last Friday, Tipple said in a statement.

“The city thanks Mr. Marquardt for over 20 years of service and wishes him well in future endeavors,” the mayor said.

In January, the city launched an internal investigation into Marquardt's role in installing some metal bird sculptures in a median beautification project that cost more than $100,000 and no competitive bids were sought for the work.

The mayor gave no reason for Marquardt's resignation in a brief statement announcing it.

Tipple appointed Marquardt to the $100,000-a-year job in 2009.

In a telephone interview Thursday, Tipple said he did not ask for Marquardt's resignation and there is no criminal wrongdoing involved with him stepping aside.

“This is a personnel issue. Out of respect for the agreements, I will not and city officials will not comment on this,” Tipple said

The mayor said the process to replace Marquardt could take up to two months.

“I will manage that department until we have a successor,” Tipple said.

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