For Immediate Release: Feb. 24, 2010
Goodyear Public Works
and Engineering directors named
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Feb. 24, 2010) The
city of Goodyear has named two permanent directors to key departments.
Charles McDowell has been named
Director of Public Works for the City of Goodyear, effective as of Feb. 17.
McDowell was hired in 2004 as Director of Water Management. In December 2008,
the Water Management Department was merged with Public Works, and in June 2009 McDowell
became the interim director of the Public Works and Water Resources Department.
With the merging of these two departments, the city eliminated one director's
position and realized a substantial cost savings in terms of salary.
his time as interim director, McDowell restructured the Public Works and Water
Resources Department to increase efficiencies. He implemented a successful
revised bulk waste program and successfully managed several major challenges to
programs and processes.
Prior to coming to Goodyear, McDowell
served as the Southeast Region District Director of Operations for American
Water Services in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Science
Degree in Biology with minor in Chemistry at the University of Maine.
With 29 years in the area of public utility
operation and management, McDowell brings a wealth of experience to this
assumed the duties of Engineering Director, effective
January 14. In an effort to streamline positions and maximize resources, Goodyear
has adopted a structure used successfully by the City of Phoenix and other
municipalities. The Engineering Department is now led by the City Engineer,
providing direct support to the customers and staff of the department. This also
serves to save the City the cost of a separate director position.
has been a Goodyear resident since 1979 and was hired by the City of Goodyear
in 1999 as the City Engineer. Before coming to Goodyear, he worked for
the City of Mesa for 15 years in the engineering and building inspection
divisions. David holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science
degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ramirez received his California Professional Engineering certification in 1980
and his Arizona Professional Engineering certification in 1985.