MARINETTE—Long-time Marinette County Health and Human Services Department employee Glenn Sartorelli is poised to become the director of that department.
The HHS Board Wednesday voted to unanimously recommend that Sartorelli’s appointment to the position be approved by the full County Board. County Administrator John Lefebvre made the appointment.
The motion calls for the appointment to be effective Feb. 21 (the beginning of the pay cycle). The County Board meets on Feb. 23.
HHS Director Robin Elsner retired earlier this year after serving the county for nearly 30 years.
Sartorelli is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a degree in accounting. He has been with Marinette County since October 1997, starting in the finance department, moving to assistant financial manager of HHS, then financial manager of HHS and the last 12 years as deputy director of that department.
“The key is the last 12 years he has served as your deputy director,” Lefebvre said. “I hope you would all agree he’s done a very good job in that capacity. He’s been a good complement to Robin over the years. I would hope you would support my appointment.”
Sartorelli spoke to the board.
“I just want to tell you guys I’m extremely honored to serve as your director,” he said. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me.”
He said he’s grateful for what he has learned under previous directors, especially the last 12 years working closely with Elsner.
“I’ve got to learn about our department,” Sartorelli said, adding Elsner always reminded him how vital it was to serve their consumers and keep their consumers in Marinette County.
“That’s really important to us,” he continued. “Robin said ‘I’m passing the torch on to you.’ I take that with great responsibility.”
Once Sartorelli is officially named director, it will be up to him to appoint a deputy director.