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City Hires New Director of Public Works

Don Wick has been named Arvada’s new Director of Public Works. Wick was with the Arvada Police Department for more than thirty years, including 10 years as Chief of Police. “My previous work with the police department created strong ties to the community and I am proud to continue serving the community that has been my home for over 30 years,” Wick stated. After retiring from the Police Department, Don went to work for Numerica Corporation, an air missile defense and space situational awareness company, in Fort Collins, Colorado where he was the Director of Business Operations.

Wick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. Don Wick

The Director of Public Works provides overall leadership and direction for the Department and its divisions: street maintenance, traffic engineering, engineering, facilities, and GEO data services. “The Public Works Department is staffed with an excellent team, and being able to work alongside such a talented, committed and passionate group of people makes my work exciting,” said Wick.  

The City recently hired Sharon Israel as the new Director of Utilities. Together the Public Works and Utilities departments make up the Infrastructure work system. The community depends on a well-maintained foundation of streets, sidewalks, and water, wastewater and stormwater facilities. Planned and steady population growth requires proper maintenance of existing infrastructure and additional capacity to support a thriving community. Israel and Wick are committed to working collaboratively to ensure the City’s infrastructure system allows Arvada residents to experience a safe, vibrant and prosperous community. 

"Well maintained, safe and efficient infrastructure assets are very important to our residents, business owners and visitors," said City Manager Mark Deven. "Sharon and Don are passionate about our infrastructure and will dedicate their collective efforts to making sure these assets are reliable and available to our citizens."  

To support the Infrastructure work system, the City hired Rachael Kuroiwa as Manager of Communication for Infrastructure. She will help transform engagement and customer service with infrastructure stakeholders and serve as the public information officer for the Infrastructure work system.

For information regarding the Infrastructure work system including Public Works and Utilities projects, you may contact Rachael at 720-898-7607 or