Decatur senior engineer Madajewski to retire

City of Decatur senior engineer John Madajewski announced his retirement. His last day set for August 28. Madajewski, 65, worked as a utilities engineer for MARTA before Decatur hired him in May 2002.

Madajewski said Monday his most ambitious Decatur project is the ongoing (since 2004) maintenance, repair and new construction of sidewalks, with the city back then setting the goal of at least one side of sidewalk on every street in the city.

“We’re not there yet,” he said. “But in the last 10 years we’ve spent at least $2 million on sidewalks.”

Madajewski grew up in Edison, N.J., “around the corner” from Menlo Park where Thomas Edison built his lab. He earned a master’s in sanitary engineering from Georgia Tech in 1972.

There is yet no timetable for hiring Madajewski’s replacement according to Design, Environment and Construction director John Maximuk. “We want to get it done as soon after [August 28] as possible,” he said. “Needless to say, it’s a very important position.”