Stevens Point mayoral assistant retires after 3 decades, 5 mayors

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 10:21 PM CST
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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - For the last 30 years, Kelley Pazdernik has worked at Stevens Point City Hall. 29 of those as the mayoral assistant.

“It’s been an adventure,” she said.

That adventure ended Tuesday.

“Each mayor is so different in what they want to do or the city,” said Pazdernik. “So you have to be flexible and you have to like change.”

5 different mayors, 5 different personalities, bounded by two commonalities-- the city, and Kelley.

“Can’t really give Kelley enough credit for the things this city was able to accomplish with her being a part of the office,” said Gary Wescott, who served as mayor 1995-2007 and 2014-2015.

“She was able to really help us, not really cope with the pressures of the office, but really give us guidance and help us with the perspective that she had,” added Andrew Halverson, Stevens Point’s mayor from 2007-2014.

“Regardless of who’s in my seat, whatever mayor that is, you want something done you call Kelley,” said current mayor Mike Wiza.

A hidden figure behind the scenes, who could probably do the mayor’s job.

“As much as he wants me to do is what I do,” Pazdernik said laughing.

Each mayor’s legacy will follow her wherever she goes, thanks to this necklace gifted to her with the birthstones of all five of her bosses.

“We love traveling,” she said. “So while we can, I want to get in a lot of travels as soon as COVID settles down a little bit more. Three grandchildren in Long Beach, California.”

Pazdernik spent her last day saying good bye to many, while trying to cram 30 years of knowledge into one training day for her replacement.

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