City announces hiring of new Utilities Director

(Thursday, February 14, 2008)  Mayor Lois J. Frankel is pleased to announce that the City of West Palm Beach has hired Yasser Abouaish to be the City’s Director of Public Utilities.  Abouaish is expected to begin his duties on February 19, 2008.

“Mr. Abouaish brings tremendous experience and expertise to the Department of Public Utilities and the City of West Palm Beach,” said Mayor Frankel.  “He will be an excellent addition to the City’s team as we continue to improve the quality of our water and deal with our ongoing drought.”

Abouaish has 25 years of experience in water management, having working in both the public and private sectors.  He has experience in program development, engineering, planning and design, system construction, operation and utility management.  Abouaish was recently the Senior Program Director of Earth Tech, Inc., an environmental, water and wastewater firm.  From 1996-2005, Abouaish was employed by the Minneapolis (Minnesota) Water Works, most recently as Water Superintendent.

Abouaish has a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt.