Mike Eulitz, the city of Joliet's public assets supervisor, is planning to retire later this year after 31 years working for the city.
Eulitz, 56, said Monday he has been considering retiring for several months. As the city's public assets supervisor, Eulitz is responsible for roadways, fleet services, buildings and grounds, and the forestry department overseeing more than 100 employees, he said. He is also the supervisor for city-owned facilities, including DuPage Medical Group Field downtown.
"Once you reach 55 and you've got 30 years of service, you start to think of your next goal," Eulitz said.
He added he looks forward to spending more time with his family including his wife. Kathy, and three grown children: Michael, Erin and Sean.
Eulitz said he started his career with the city as an engineer before taking over the city's street department about 17 years ago. He then became the public assets supervisor in 2017.
Recently, Eulitz was the winner of the 2019 Samuel A. Greeley Award for his service as an "outstanding engineer" from the American Public Works Association Southwest Branch of the Chicago Metro Chapter.
Among the projects he said he is most proud of during his career was securing a vehicle replacement program, something he had worked toward for about 15 years.
"My motto is 'leave something better off then when you came,'" he said.
Eulitz said he put in notice of his retirement last Friday, and his last day will be Nov. 30. He said he does not know who will replace him.