The city of Milton welcomes Andrew Zupkoff as new city planning director.
From 2018 through 2020 Zupkoff served as head of the City of Freeport, Illinois Department of Community & Economic Development, responsible for managing the daily activities and long-term objectives of six employees providing a wide array of municipal services, including economic development, strategic planning, comprehensive planning, grant administration, building permits and inspections, code enforcement, zoning administration, and public transportation.
In 2019, Freeport saw an over 300% year-over-year increase in building permit valuations. During his time in Freeport, Andrew represented the City to streamline property investments for local small businesses as well as major national corporations, including Elkay, MetLife Insurance, Honeywell, McDonald’s, and Harbor Freight Tools.
He said he looks forward to utilizing his experience and enthusiasm to continually improve his department’s services to better serve Milton’s residents and businesses and relishes the opportunity to expand his own skillset and knowledge base through professional development experiences.
Zupkoff began his career as a news reporter who was assigned a city beat. He attended city council and departmental committee meetings which sparked an interest in local government. He made the decision to make a career move and pursued his master’s degree in government administration. Andrew has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University, and Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Additionally, Andrew is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, Illinois Basic Economic Development Course, and Midwest Leadership Institute hosted by Northern Illinois University.
He said he and his family often visited the local area during vacations and decided he had enough of the Midwest harsh winters and began searching the job market to make the move. Zupkoff said he is excited about his opportunity as planning director.
“I look forward to collaborating with my team, as well as local residents and the business community, to find out what is working well with the Planning and Development Department, and what we may need to do to improve any of our services. I want to utilize my skills and experience to make a difference,” he said.