Lakeville’s new parks director cites priorities

Michaud’s replacement starts Jan. 2

After nearly four decades, Lakeville has a new Parks and Recreation director.

Last Thursday, the city announced it hired Brett Altergott, currently a parks director in Germantown, Wisc., to replace Steve Michaud, the city’s first and only parks director who retired in July after 38 years.

Altergott, who has a bachelor’s degree in recreation management and a master’s degree in recreation administration, is scheduled to begin with Lakeville Jan. 2.

He was selected from 80 applicants nationwide to fill the position,

Brett Altergott, Lakeville’s new Parks and Recreation director. Photo submitted

which is charged with managing a $3.2 million budget and a staff of 23 full-time equivalent positions.

City Administrator Steve Mielke said in a news release that Altergott’s experience, passion and enthusiasm for sports set him apart from other applicants and made him “a great fit for the position.”

According to advertisements for the position, the city was seeking a strong community advocate with demonstrated ability for collaboration and team work.

Altergott worked as a recreation supervisor for the cities of Greenfield, Wisc. and Munster, Ind. before he began working for Germantown in 2005.

In an email, Altergott said his top priority in Lakeville is to build a working relationship with the City Council, staff, business community and citizens.

He said additional priorities will be established after he meets with staff.

Altergott said he is most proud of maintaining the parks “at a height level” through challenging financial times, including improvements completed at Germantown’s flagship facility, Kinderberg Park.

”The improvements and attention to detail did not go unnoticed by the residents as we received many compliments,” Altergott wrote.

He also noted that during his tenure a heavily used parking lot was paved through a fundraising effort and the use of village impact fees.

”Since completion of that project there have been no illegal parking issues and we have not had to employ parking attendants,” Altergott stated.

While he did not venture a guess as to what Lakeville’s parks systems would look like in the next decade, he said he will work with the community to ensure the city’s park system is well maintained “and that any additional parks meet the needs of the community.”