Evanston is reorganizing two of its department to focus more on forestry, according to a press release.
The Department of Public Works will be responsible for forestry, park maintenance, facility maintenance and facility planning, which were previously handled by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.
Paul D’Agostino has been promoted to Assistant Director of Public Works/ Forestry. D’Agostino has served as Evanston’s Superintendent of Parks/ Forestry & Facilities Management since 1995 and worked in the Forestry Division since 1987.
“D’Agostino’s expertise is in forestry and Evanston needs him to devote his full attention in addressing the critical issues facing our city’s urban forest,” City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said in a statement. “Moving forestry operations to the Department of Public Works gives D’Agostino and his team ready access to complementary resources of staff and equipment to assist in these efforts.”
Jim Maiworm has been appointed assistant director of public works/operations and facilities, and will assume D’Agostino’s responsibilities for facility maintenance. Maiworm previously served as the city’s streets and sanitation superintendent.
Homayoon Pirooz has been appointed assistant director of public works/ engineering and infrastructure, and will assume D’Agostino’s responsibilities for facility planning. Pirooz previously served as a city engineer.
D’Agostino, Maiworm and Director of Public Works Suzette Robinson will review responsibilities for park maintenance and determine responsibilities in the coming weeks.