BY ALICIA MILLER
A desk at the Maple Grove Government Center will soon by empty. Barb Bogen is retiring from her position as Zoning Enforcement Officer after working for the city of Maple Grove for 25 years.
Bogen and her husband moved to Maple Grove in 1974.
In November 1986, she began her employment at the city on a part-time basis in the Parks And Recreation Department.
Later that year she moved to the Community Development Department as that department’s full-time secretary.
In 1991 she became the city’s first zoning enforcement officer, a position she held until retirement.
During her career with the city, she said especially enjoyed supporting the planning staff as they developed and executed plans for the Arbor Lakes area.
A native of northern Minnesota, she especially enjoys the small town feel of Main Street. Over the past 25 years Bogen said she has seen Maple Grove "grow from a small village to a vibrant community that has become a model for cities all over the region."
She added, "I have appreciated working with the entire staff who I have always found very professional and proud of the community and the service they provide to its residents."
In retirement, Bogen and her husband look forward to working on their house and yard, volunteering and spending more time in New York and Washington, D.C., with their children.
Maple Grove’s Community Development Director Dick Edwards said, "Barb is a model of efficiency, meticulous work and organization, professionalism, dedication and communication. Her working attributes never go unnoticed, and the commitment and enthusiasm required for Barb’s dealings with routinely difficult and complicated situations come naturally. Barb has a kind soul that lends itself well to her responsibilities and day-to-day contact with those around her. We will miss her dearly."
Bogen’s last day with the city is Thursday, May 31.