Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz today announced a reorganization of the departments of public works and parks, recreation and community services.

Responsibility for forestry, park maintenance, facility maintenance and facility planning is being transferred from parks to public works.

Superintendent of Parks/Forestry and Facilities Management Paul D’Agostino has been appointed assistant director of public works for forestry.

D’Agostino’s responsibilities for facility maintenance will be transferred to Streets and Sanitation Superintendent Jim Maiworm, who has been appointed assistant director of public works for operations and facilities.

D’Agostino’s responsibilities for facility planning will be transferred to City Engineer Homayoon Pirooz, who has been appointed assistant director of public works for engineering and Infrastructure.

D’Agostino and Maiworm will review responsibilities for park maintenance between their operations along with Director of Public Works Suzette Robinson and determine management responsibilities for park maintenance.

Bobkiewicz said the changes “will provide additional management resources to our forestry operations. D’Agostino’s expertise is in forestry and Evanston needs him to devote his full attention in addressing the critical issues facing our city’s urban forest. Moving forestry operations to the Department of Public Works gives D’Agostino and his team ready access to complementary resources of staff and equipment to assist in these efforts.”

“In addition, Director Robinson will bring her leadership, creativity and vision to assist D’Agostino in his renewed singular focus on forestry issues,” Bobkiewicz said.

“The transfer of facilities maintenance and planning operations to Maiworm and Pirooz are very complementary to their existing responsibilities. I look forward to working with them and Director Robinson as they work to maintain and plan for the improvement of our city facilities,” Bobkiewicz added.

He said the changes would give Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Doug Gaynor “additional time to lead our recreation, arts, ecology, senior and youth/young adult programs as more and more are asked of these services.”

D’Agostino has served as Superintendent of Parks/Forestry since 1995, having worked in the Forestry Division since 1987. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University, is a certified arborist and a certified task specialist for the United States Forest Service Urban Forest Strike Team. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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