Middleton’s City Administrator, Mike Davis, will be the Good Neighbor Festival Parade Marshal in this year’s parade, which was on Sunday, August 26th.
Festival Trustees and president Kristi Warriner recently made the announcement. “Mike has been with the city for 20 years. He’s been there through our growth as a community, and I think he’s helped engineer much of what keeps landing Middleton at the top of the ‘Best Places to Live’ lists,” said Warriner. “We felt like it was time to thank him for everything he’s done.”
For his part, Davis is humble about the honor. “I’m just shocked and thrilled to have the opportunity to be parade marshal,” Davis said. “I’m just a guy who tries to do his job as best as possible.” Davis said that he thinks it’s cool to be in the company of other past parade marshals, such as Shirley Abrahamson, a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and fellow Indiana University Law School alumni.
Mayor Gurdip Brar thinks Davis is an outstanding choice. “Mike has been here since 1998. He’s made a huge difference for the city. He cares about the people and he cares about the city,” said Brar.
Though he won’t take credit for it, Middleton has been in the top ten of Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live in the biannual small cities category four times during Davis’ tenure. Middleton was ranked number one in 2007.
Instead, Davis likes to point to Middleton’s collaboration between the city, the school district and the Chamber of Commerce for making it such a special place to live and work. “Our thriving economy is a great source of pride. The way we work with the Chamber and the school district is pretty unique. I’ve talked to a lot of colleagues across the country, and I’ve never seen anything like what we have here.”
“Good Neighbor is a great moniker for the city,” Davis added. “I think it attracts people who want to be a part of a city with that reputation,” Davis said.
“Mike has been a master collaborator,” said Van Nutt, Middleton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “That doesn’t happen just by showing up. The growth and quality of life in the city will always be part of his legacy”.
Davis and his wife Julann Jatczak live in Middleton’s historic downtown district, a short walk to City Hall. Davis is the father of three adult children, Andrew, Patrick and Sarah.