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Madison Streets Department Gets New Superintendent
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Madison’s Streets Department acting superintendent Chris Kelley agreed to take on the job permanently on Monday.

Kelley has been filling the position since the recent retirement of former superintendent Al Schumacher. Kelley has also served as streets operations manager for the past five and a half years.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said that Kelley's track record made him the ideal choice.

“(Kelley) has risen through the ranks in Streets (Department) and is ready to lead the department,” Soglin said. “Our Streets Department is one of the best in the nation, and I am confident that his work experience over the past 33 years has prepared him for this new challenge.”

About 179 employees work for the department, and their responsibilities include snow and ice control, solid waste and recycling, street and island sweeping, street repair and graffiti removal, officials said.

Kelley said he is grateful for the opportunity.

"The men who came before me in this position have taught me well," Kelley said. "We have a great department and with the support of the staff here, I know we will maintain and improve that."

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