After 16 years, the managing director of the municipal services association, Michael Braun, is retiring.
District – For 16 years, Michael Braun was managing director of the Oberland municipal services association based in Bad Tölz.
He will retire at the end of the month.
"Unfortunately, this is not an early April Fool's joke," said chairman Ingo Mehner at the association meeting on Tuesday in the Tölzer Kurhaus.
In a speech, the mayor of Tölz, Michael Braun, said goodbye with words of praise.
“You made the association what it is today”
"More than 15 years ago you founded the authority with 14 people and 27 communities and had your first working day in the offices of the district office," Mehner described the start of the managing director in Bad Tölz.
Braun had previously been a senior civil servant in the municipality of Berg (district of Starnberg).
"You made the association what it is today," said Mehner, emphasizing: "The beginnings were not under a lucky star."
Memories of speed camera scandal
The chairman of the association alluded to the speed camera scandal of 2007.
In June, traffic surveillance was suspended in 179 Bavarian communities.
The reason for this was inconsistencies in the accounts of a commissioned private company from Burgkirchen (district of Altötting).
The then “Traffic Monitoring Association” then suspended the controls.
The association was later dissolved.
Benjamin Bursic, new managing director of the municipal services association.
Reiser caricature: Brown as a jack-in-the-box devil
Since traffic monitoring was always important to Michael Braun, he offered to develop a new concept for it.
“16 years later, our municipal association now has many functions.
We currently have 155 members and 160 employees.” Almost all communities in the Miesbach district also belong to the special-purpose association.
According to Mehner, it is thanks to Braun that traffic monitoring was put back in the "right light".
"You have also shown that inter-municipal cooperation is a model for success." As a farewell gift, Mehner presented a very special picture, drawn by the Reichersbeur cartoonist Hans Reiser.
You can see Braun sticking out of a semi-stationary speed camera – the motif is humorously based on a jack in the box.
Braun was touched by the words of praise and the ovations of the mayors present.
“It was a great opportunity for me to be able to build up this structure from the ground up in public service,” said Braun.
It was always important to him to create transparency for the municipalities.
"I wanted to prove that we can do this just as well as the private sector," he said.
"And I think we did that too." With a trembling voice, he summed up: "It was 16 wonderful years."
From April, Benjamin Bursic from the association's management will follow in Michael Braun's footsteps and will be managing director from then on.