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3/16/2014 6:00:00 AM
Prescott hires new public works director
Henry Hash
Henry Hash
The Daily Courier

The City of Prescott announced Thursday the appointment of Henry Hash as its new public works director.

Hash, former public works director for Skagit County, Washington, will begin his new job in Prescott next month. Hash replaces current Public Works Director Mark Nietupski, who is retiring in April. Nietupski has worked for the city of Prescott for 23 years.

Hash has been in the public works field for more than 23 years, including jobs in Washington, California and Wisconsin. Hash has managed a number of infrastructure projected and directed more than 200 employees, according to Prescott city officials. His experience includes working in engineering, transportation, utilities, capital projects, fleet management, environmental service, solid waste, facilities, storm water management, finance and administration.

Hash earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, a master's degree in management from Lesley University, as well as a master's degree in public affairs and administration, with an emphasis in urban planning, from the University of Massachusetts.

"Henry has an impressive record of effective leadership in completing challenging projects," Prescott City Manager Craig McConnell said. "We are fortunate to find someone with Henry's experience to lead our talented team of public works employees."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014
Article comment by: Bill Anonymous

I think that Prescott if fortunate to have such a highly educated Public Works Director with such a successful track record. I have learned a bit about him, and I can say he is among the top public works directors in the nation. Furthermore, I learned that despite having other offers, he took the job because he loves Prescott. Let's show our support to our new director and give a chance to bring the same success here.

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014
Article comment by: Optimistic Taxpayer

It seems to be that there are personal interests imbedded within a few of these comments. As a third generation citizen of Prescott, I can say I am exited to have Mr. Hash on board. His background makes him outstandingly qualified for the position, and I am confident City Manager McConnell chose the right person for the job. I wish Director Hash the best of luck and, more importantly, would like to welcome him and his family to the beautiful city of Prescott.

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Article comment by: Dear Other Qualified Candicate aka Skeptical

Oh come on you are grasping at straws. Mr. Hash was not public works director of the city you mention. He was public works director of the entire county. ...If the local candidate is as spectacular as you say, I'm sure he'll be a fantastic catch for some other city or county.

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Article comment by: Skeptical Taxpayer

Skagit County, Wash.'s population may be as stated. However, its largest city, Mt. Vernon, is smaller than Prescott. Mt. Vernon was in the news most recently when a highway bridge there collapsed, sending cars and passengers into a river. I have lived nearby and can attest that Skagit County is about as dissimilar from Yavapai County as is possible.

We should give Mr. Hash the benefit of the doubt. He follows a long line of department heads, however, who have been appointed for obedience and go-along habits. We need better than that, especially since our streets, roads, and bridges are in such miserable disrepair.

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Article comment by: @ Skeptical Taxpayer

Wow, ... Skagit County has a population of over 118,000. Three times larger than Prescott. Mr. Hash's job prior to that was in Tulare County Calif. with a population of 425,000. More than ten times the size of Prescott. ... It's clear to me the City hired the right person for the job.

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Article comment by: Maybe progress Wait and see

Maybe we can get the streets paved and paved right for a change. The streets in Prescott are shameful. The only focus is on the high-priced home areas, not the general areas.

I wish him success!

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Article comment by: Time to Clean House

Mr. Hash sounds like the best choice. Now lets hope he will get rid of the incompetents and right-size the grossly over-staffed department and abolish the toxic culture created by some of the current staff. Best wishes Mr. Hash. You definitely have your work cut out for you to turn this department back into the well oiled machine it once was.

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Article comment by: Skeptical Taxpayer

We of course wish Mr. Hash success because, if he succeeds, Prescott will benefit.

... Let us hope that Mr. Hash is both professional and independent.

A couple immediate questions arise. First, his degrees were obtained from obscure colleges
(and the story does not say which U. of Mass. branch he attended). Second, Skagit County, Washington, is a rural place of forests, oystering, tulip fields, and dairy cattle whose largest city is smaller than Prescott. At least one highly qualified local candidate was passed over for this job. Time and performance will tell.

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