Kathy Dunks has just started her tenure as Park City's water manager, a pivotal government position overseeing one of City Hall's most controversial departments.
remains happy she
took the position.
"This is my dream job.It really is.This is what I want to do," Dunks said in an interview on Tuesday as she
one-month anniversary on the job.
The 34-year-old Park Ridge Estates resident has lived in Utah for eight years and holds a master's in hydrologic engineering and water-resource management from the University of Idaho
.She worked in the environmental-engineering field but said she then decided that her real interest was in working in the water field.
"It was going to become a hotter and hotter topic in the West especially and I thought it would be an exciting career path," Dunks said, noting she
has some experience on waterworks projects. Kathy Dunks, the new water manager for Park City, is still learning the citys waterworks system but said she wants the department to remain up to date with technology.
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...Dunks, a civil engineer, replaced Kathy Gammell, who left to become the director of public works in Gettysburg, Pa.
spent 10 years in the private sector doing design work.She said she was a project manager and engineer on the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, for instance.She
then took a job with the West Valley City government as a traffic engineer, her
first public-sector job. Dunks
acknowledges that she
is still learning about the municipal water system, which city officials frequently say is one of the most complex in the region because of issues like its elevation changes.
is starting to study options to import water into the city, plans that have been discussed at the city for years.She
said the government does not yet have a preferred option. She
said that the city's summertime conservation efforts, which include watering restrictions, appear to be effective.Perhaps no changes are needed to the conservation plan, she
"What they were doing seemed to be working so I don't know if any major changes need to take place," Dunks said. She
said that she
department to keep up with technology, such as continuing to attach radio transmitters to water meters so Public Works can monitor the meters all year.She
also wants to be able to better analyze water production and consumption numbers. Dunks
likes working for the government since her
job keeps her
in touch with regular Parkites.
"To me, you get more satisfaction out of it because you're closer to the lives of the people you affect," she
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