Superior council appoints new superintendent to oversee parks

Michael Maruska, a certified arborist, will oversee projects in city parks, recreational facilities and the urban forest.

Michael Maruska observes with city crews during a tree pruning clinic held April 27, 2023, on Barker's Island.
Michael Maruska, right, observes a tree pruning with city staff held on Thursday, April 27, 2023 on Barker's Island. He was appointed by the Superior City Council on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, to serve as the city's parks, recreation and forestry superintendent.
Shelley Nelson / Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR — The City Council appointed a new superintendent Tuesday, May 2 for the parks, recreation and forestry department.

The superintendent plans, organizes, inspects and supervises the work of crews responsible for maintaining parks, recreation facilities and the urban forest.

Michael Maruska came out as the top candidate, according to a memo written by Cammi Janigo, human resources director.

He will fill the vacancy left when Russ Behlings resigned in February.

Maruska has worked for the city in the department for six years and was recently promoted to working foreman. Prior to the promotion, he worked consistent hours in that capacity, Janigo said.


Prior to joining the city, he had experience with project management, crew training and supervision, policy creation and trail construction, Janigo said.

Maruska is a certified arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a minor in geography.

Hundreds of Superior residents attended the Memorial Day service on Monday, May 29.
The board will vote following a public interview process Wednesday, May 31.
A crowd of about 240 gathered to celebrate winners, connect.

“I join the human resource director in recommending Mr. Maruska,” Mayor Jim Paine said.

The appointment was made by unanimous voice vote.

“I’m excited that he’ll be our new superintendent,” said Linda Cadotte, parks, recreation and forestry director.

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or
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