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After 10 years, Brad Wirtz will be leaving his position as director of human resources for the city of Madison this month, Mayor Paul Soglin said.

Harper Donahue will work as interim director until Soglin appoints a permanent director, which he hopes will happen before Jan. 1, Soglin said in an email to city staff and City Council members.

Wirtz took over the human resources department in 2007 after serving as the HR director at the Kettle Moraine School District. He was appointed by former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

After several requests for comment from city officials, deputy mayor Enis Ragland responded to the Wisconsin State Journal via email.

“Brad Wirtz leaving is a personnel matter, and we have no further comment,” Ragland said.

Wirtz earned a salary of $135,907, and his last day will be Sept. 24.

Donahue said he has been on the HR staff since 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and history and a master’s in business administration, both from UW-Madison.

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Shelley K. Mesch is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. She earned a degree in journalism from DePaul University.