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September 5, 2012

Contact: Shaun Rachau, City of Goodyear
Office: 623-882-7059 or 

Goodyear Names Mark Holmes as Water Resources Manager 

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The City of Goodyear announced today that Mark Holmes has been hired as Water Resources Manager, according to Interim Deputy City Manager Jack Friedline. Holmes was selected following an interview process that included five finalists among the 52 total applicants.

Holmes has 12 years of experience as a senior-level executive in providing water-policy strategy, development and implementation to public-sector entities throughout Arizona. As Goodyear’s new Water Resources Manager, he will be tasked with the development of policies, coordination and administration of programs, and implementation of the City’s short- and long-range water resource and conservation management plans.

“We are excited about the vast expertise Mark will be bringing with him to Goodyear to help us manage our water resources throughout the city,” Friedline said. “He will not only provide a vision for the City’s water resources in the future, but also lead talented professionals to help us tackle complex water policy challenges as well.”

Holmes has been the Water Resources Advisor for the City of Mesa since 2010. At the City of Mesa, he provided high-level policy advisement to the Water Resources Department, City Manager and elected officials while also serving as the City’s liaison with organizations that have water-related interests. Holmes also directly managed the City’s Water Advisory Section and oversaw Mesa’s water supply development, acquisition and protection.

From 2005-10, Holmes was the Water Resources Department Director for the Town of Chino Valley, Ariz. He provided policy advisement to elected officials of county, municipal and tribal entities while creating the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition and also advised the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee, a collection of 15 cities and towns in North Central Arizona.

After college, Holmes was a Hydrologist from 2000-05 for the Arizona Department of Water Resources, where he was a manager for the Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund. He managed statewide well inventories pertaining to superfund, Department of Defense and other water quality sites.

Holmes served seven years of full-time active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1986-93. After serving his country, Holmes earned a Bachelor’s in Water Resources from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 and a Master’s in Water Resources from the University of Minnesota in 1999. He later was accredited as a Professional Geologist by the State of Arizona in 2009.

Holmes is currently Commissioner of the Arizona Water Protection Fund and is a member of the Arizona Water Association, American Public Works Association and Disable American Veterans. He is scheduled to begin working in his new role on Sept. 10.  


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