New Public Works Director happy in Snoqualmie
April 2, 2009
By Michael Rowe
Dan Marcinko has been on the job for three weeks, and from all appearances, loves being Snoqualmie’s new Public Works Director.
“It’s never the same day twice. There is always something going on,” Marcinko said.
On the morning of March 20, he sat behind his desk and joked with two public works employees about a water leak that turned out to be a hose that was left running.
“These guys are great to work with. I love public works employees,” Marckino said.
Snoqualmie’s public works director supervises the city water and wastewater treatment services, streets, city facilities, and fleet maintenance.
There is a certain sense of satisfaction that comes from working with the public, Marcinko said. He is currently working on the department’s budget, and getting up to speed on the city’s projects.
When Marcinko came to interview at Snoqualmie, he was impressed with the natural beauty surrounding the city. It was his visit to Washington state. As a young man, Marcinko worked as an engineer in Freemont, Calif., and later in Fort Peck, Mont. He likes the west, and when he told his wife last year that he was thinking about looking for a new public works job, she suggested that the family look west for work. He said that his family loves hiking, biking, and skiing, and that they often took vacations in Colorado to pursue their favorite recreational activities.
For the last two years, Marcinko worked at Walgreens as a regional construction manager. He supervised the construction of new Walgreens’ stores in Texas, Oklahoma, and parts of Missouri and Arkansas. For a guy that likes something new everyday, the Walgreen’s job got old after a while. He said the job eventually got boring, constructing nearly identical Walgreens stores.
Before Walgreens, he worked for the city of McHenry, Ill., a northwest Chicago suburb. He started as an engineer and worked his way up to director of public works. He spent six years as the director of public works, before going to work for Walgreens. He holds a bachelors degree in civil engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. Both degrees came from the University of Illinois, at Champaign-Urbana. He said that his MBA education helps him to focus on running a public works department like a business.
He looks forward to this summer when his family joins him in Snoqualmie. His three kids are finishing the school year in Illinois. He has a 12-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old son, and his youngest turned nine on March 21. His family came out to visit him on March 24 for their spring break.
Reach reporter Michael Bayless Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 392-6434, ext. 248.