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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


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.


During 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 position. 


David Ramirez 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.


Ramirez 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. 


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