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      Previous Grand Island Public Works Director Announced as Finalist for Same Position

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      Two finalists have been named for Grand Island's open position of Public Works Director/City Engineer, one of which is the man who left the position last July.

      John Collins of BatonRouge, La., and Paul Snarr of Gering, Neb were named as the finalists. Final interviews will be held Monday, Feb. 4.

      Collins served as the Public Works Director for Grand Island from March 2011 until July 2012. While in this position, he helped to implement the Downtown Quiet Zone, developed the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvement plan, updated a dewatering feasibility study, and lead research andconstruction efforts on the Sycamore and Eddy underpasses among other projects.

      Collins has 25 years of public works experience in various statewide engineering and management positions with the Stateof Louisiana Department of Transportation.

      The other finalist, Paul Snarr,has 30 years of engineering experience in the fields of city and county publicworks divisions and the Idaho Department of Transportation.

      Snarr has worked as the City Engineerand Director of Engineering and Community Planning for the city of Gering since March 2012.

      Before coming to Gering, Snarr served as Project Manager for three yearsat the consulting firm Eagle Rock Engineering and Surveying, as well as aProject Manager at Schiess & Associates consulting firm, both in Idaho Falls,Idaho.

      Prior to those two positions, Snarrwas the Assistant Public Works Director for Bonneville County Public Works forfour years in Idaho.

      Mayor Jay Vavricek is expected to give his recommendation to the city council for action at theregularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

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