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Washington City New Public Works Director

Washington City — Blake Fonnesbeck has accepted an offer and will join Washington City as the city’s Public Works Director in October. Mr. Fonnesbeck will replace Michael D. Shaw, who is retiring in September after 24 years of service to Washington City.

Mr. Fonnesbeck has worked 28 years in municipal government with 18 of those years as Public Works Director in Spencer, Iowa, Brigham City, and Park City, Utah. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health from Utah State University and an Associate Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.

“Washington City is excited to bring aboard Mr. Fonnesbeck at this crucial time of growth in our community. Outgoing Director Mike Shaw has overseen tremendous growth and has provided the needed infrastructure to sustain that growth’s impact on our city. Blake Fonnesbeck is the right person to continue this important work.” said City Manager Jeremy Redd.  

“I’d like to thank Mike Shaw for his 24 years of service to our city. Washington City could not have grown without Mike’s leadership at our Public Works Department. Many of our roads, sewer lines, and storm drains are a result of Mike’s hard work and foresight. I welcome Blake to our city staff and look forward to all that he will contribute to our community.” said Washington City Mayor Kress Staheli.

Mr. Fonnesbeck has devoted his career to public works and enjoys working with staff to develop creative solutions to difficult problems. One of his greatest career accomplishments was a full door-to-door reconstruction of a historic downtown in Spencer, Iowa. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain biking, running, skiing, and exploring in his Jeep. He should feel right at home in Washington City!

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