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City Hires New Director of Utilities

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Sharon Israel has been named Arvada’s new Director of Utilities. Israel was most recently with the City of Westminster where she was Stormwater Utility Administrator and Senior Projects Engineer. Prior to that, Ms. Israel was an engineer and unit manager with the Water Quality Control Division in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Sharon Israel“It's an honor to serve the community I call home. I feel lucky to work with the Utilities team at the City every day,” Israel stated. “All of our crews take great pride in serving the community.  In my time with the city so far, I haven't met one person who sees this work as ‘just a job’.”

As a professional engineer, she worked on projects across the state and on the Front Range ranging from water supply and water rights, to safe drinking water treatment, and stormwater and wastewater management. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. She is currently working toward a Master of Public Administration at the University of Colorado Denver.

Israel has been an Arvada resident since 2005 and has three children, one each in elementary, middle and high school. “Arvada is a wonderful place to call home,” said Israel. 

The Utilities Director provides leadership and direction for the Department. The Utilities Department is responsible for supplying drinking water to all residents, controlling stormwater flows, removing and disposing of sanitary sewage, maintaining the City’s fleet of vehicles, and managing utility billing services.

The City recently hired Don Wick as the new Director of Public Works. 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 rkuroiwa@arvada.org.