Westfield’s chief of staff will retire next month

Westfield Chief of Staff Todd Burtron will retire on February 27 after 26 years with the city.

Burtron first served as a firefighter, followed by five years as Westfield Fire Chief. He was appointed Chief of Staff by Mayor Andy Cook in 2011. According to a City of Westfield press release, Burtron was instrumental in the development of Westfield’s Grand Park sports campus; negotiated the $91 million sale of the city’s water and sewer services; implemented a fiscal sustainability strategy; and helped transition city employees to a self-funded insurance program.

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“There aren’t enough words to properly express my gratitude to this community,” Burtron said. “Serving for the past 26 years has been such an honor and I am honored to have been allowed to lead such a dynamic team that has transformed Westfield in so many positive ways.”

Burtron’s announcement comes after he was recently accepted to Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney Law School.

“Todd is a natural leader and a man of deep faith. He chose to bring those attributes together and take his skills to the next level as a future lawyer,” Cook said. “He served Westfield with distinction and with honor and I am grateful to him for the many years he has given to our wonderful city.”

Cook has appointed Public Works Department Director Jeremy Lollar as the new chief of staff. Lollar began his career with Westfield in 2005 as a water supervisor and then assistant manager before becoming public works manager. Lollar graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“Working with Todd over the past seven years has been a highlight of my professional career,” Lollar said. “He was an outstanding mentor, leader and friend during my tenure as Director of Public Works and the city is forever changed by the impact of his service. It is an incredible honor to follow in his footsteps and I look forward to continuing to move this community forward in the direction that he and the Mayor have led us over the past 10 years.