Bringing people together to achieve a goal: it’s a skill Mike Ehrenberg believes he developed while working at the former Creative Forming, where he worked for about 27 years.

   “Managing people, changing the culture,” he said, made a difference at Creative Forming (later Spartech). “We had significant injuries back then and were able to change that culture to reduce their recordable numbers to virtually zero at that point.”

   He hopes to take that people-first approach into his new job: director of public works for the city of Ripon.

   “Working with a lot of people in the facility [helped prepare me for this job],” he said. “I should be able to work with people [in this new position], whether it’s people in the city itself or in the public.”

   The city of Ripon met in closed session last week Monday and selected Ehrenberg for the position, announcing the decision last week Tuesday afternoon.

   “In Mike, we found a leader who will bring a renewed vision and energy to our public works department,” City Administrator Lori Rich said. “Mike brings a strong project management background and extensive experience and focus on safety and continuous improvement to this position. I am confident Mike will help the department achieve its objectives and serve our residents and community well.”

Read the full story, including how his job will differ from his predecessor's, in the Feb. 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.