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City public works unit reorganized

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has announced he's splitting up the city's public works department and giving new leadership positions to current managers.

The interim public works director and head of the streets and sanitation division, Suzette Robinson, becomes the new director of public works.

Dave Stoneback, the superintendent of water and sewer, becomes the head of a newly formed utilities department that is being spun off from the public works department.

The transportation and engineering division remains part of public works under Robinson, but the parking division, headed by Rickey Voss, moves to the administrative services department headed by Joellen Daley.

Bobkiewicz says Robinson was chosen after a nationwide search among public works professionals who applied for the position and has done "an outstanding job" as interim department director. 

Before beginning her work in Evanston in 2006, Robinson spent seven years as operations manager/facilities maintenance manager for the City of Indianapolis. She holds a master's degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a commander in the naval reserves.

Bobkiewicz says Robinson will lead the department through critical changes in how the city collects refuse, recycling and yard waste; in how it manages and maintains its vehicle and equipment fleet and in planning and improving the city's transportation networks and will work to make the department's operations as sustainable and environmentally sensitive as possible.

He says Stoneback will continue to oversee the city's existing water and sewer operation and pursue "other strategic utility opportunities." He said Stonebeck "will give particular focus to challenges in growing our water business to other communities, addressing mid- and long-range financial and capital issues in both water and sewer as well as explore new opportunities to make the most of all utility operations in Evanston."

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