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City hires new Public Works director


The City of Dauphin has a new director of Public Works and Operations.
Mike VanAlstyne will fill the position left vacant with the retirement of Bill Brenner earlier this year.
VanAlstyne has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and has his professional engineer status.
He currently works as a senior project engineer with Manitoba Infrastructure in Dauphin, and has been working with the provincial government for about eight years.
Originally from Winnipeg, VanAlstyne moved to Dauphin several years ago with his wife Courtney and is looking forward to settling here permanently.
City manager Sharla Griffiths is pleased with the results of the candidate search with several quality applicants coming forward.
“We got about 12 applications and there were a mix of applicants from locally and around Manitoba, as well as several out of province and one from the United States,” Griffiths said, adding the first posting of the job had a local focus.
“Which we were happy that was successful, however, we did also post with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, as well as the Manitoba Water and Wastewater Association, places where people may normally look for job postings of that caliber.”
In the end, Griffiths is pleased the City was able to fill the job locally.
“We felt that Mike was the best candidate for the job,” Griffiths said.
“He’s very eager to learn and is excited about joining the City of Dauphin team.”
VanAlstyne’s first day with the City is Apr. 12.