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Public works director accepts new post

Dan Koski

New Richmond's director of public works, Dan Koski, will be leaving his position at the end of the month.

Koski was hired by the City of Manitowoc, Wis., on the shores of Lake Michigan, as that community's director of public infrastructure. The Manitowoc City Council approved his employment agreement last week.

Koski has been employed in New Richmond since 2007, replacing John Berends, who served as the street superintendent for many years.

For much of his tenure in New Richmond, Koski served the dual role as street superintendent and city engineer. He was just recently promoted to the new position of director of public works.

In an interview Thursday, Koski said it was a tough decision to leave the community, but he has several family members who live in eastern Wisconsin who are experiencing health problems and it will be helpful for him to be close by.

He said he has enjoyed living and working in New Richmond and will miss the people when he leaves.

Koski's last day will be May 29. He said he hopes to help the city make a successful transition prior to leaving.

"It was important for me to not leave the city hanging," he said. "They've been really good to me."

In his new post, Koski will be heading a much larger department in Manitowoc, a community of 34,000. Among the public services he will supervise will be water, sewer, parks, transit, harbor operations and the local zoo.

Koski said being in charge of a zoo will be interesting.

"I'm allergic to almost all animals," he said with a laugh. "It's a good thing I'll have a staff."

New Richmond City Administrator Mike Darrow sent out an email last Wednesday announcing Koski's decision to leave.

"On behalf of the City Council, staff and stakeholders here in New Richmond, I want to personally thank Dan for his hard work and dedication over the years in making New Richmond a great place to live and work," Darrow wrote. "Among the things that will be missed is his sense of humor and care for his fellow employees."

Darrow said the city has already begun the process for finding Koski's replacement. Officials hope to interview candidates in July for a hiring date later in the summer.