Dave Stoneback and Edgar Cano.

Evanston City Manager Luke Stowe today announced the appointment of Dave Stoneback as the city’s deputy city manager and Edgar Cano as public works director.

Both men had been filling those positions on an interim basis for much of the past year.

Stoneback will continue to oversee the Public Works, Community Development and Administrative Services departments as well as the Economic Development and Sustainability divisions.

Stoneback has worked for the city since 1985 and had been public works director since 2015. 

He has overseen operation of the city’s water treatment plant, the third largest in the state, and the City’s $210 million Long Range Relief Sewer Program that has reduced combined sewage backups into basements.

He was was part of the team that negotiated new wholesale water supply agreements with Niles, Morton Grove and Lincolnwood. 

Stoneback holds a bachelor’s degree in water resources engineering from Penn State University.

Cano has served as the City’s public services bureau chief since 2018 after joining the City in 2017 as the streets supervisor. 

Cano has been responsible for the day-to-day and long-term maintenance of Evanston’s public infrastructure, including its 76 parks, 190 lane miles of road, 32,000 trees, street light system and refuse collection.

He helped revamp snow and ice operations, introducing new technology to minimize the environmental impacts associated with deicing and plowing methods, leading to a national award from the American Public Works Association this year. 

Cano holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management and engineering technology from Purdue University. 

Stowe says both appointees have been serving in their interim roles “under very challenging circumstances.”

“They are dedicated, hard-working and possess tremendous institutional knowledge about Evanston and its operations,” Stowe added. “I am grateful for their contributions to the City and look forward to working with them in their permanent roles.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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