May 18, 2018

The city of Kankakee is pleased to announce that Pete Schiel was recently promoted to Interim Superintendent of the Environmental Services Utility (ESU). In this new role, Schiel will report directly to Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong.

Schiel joined the Utility approximately twenty-seven years ago, holding the positions from Utility Engineer, Assistant Superintendent Technical Services and Assistant Superintendent, Utility Operations. Schiel has also been an Adjunct Electrical Professor teaching in the Electrical/Renewable energy program in excess of twenty-six years at Kankakee Community College.  Schiel brings extensive expertise and experience into the Environmental Services Utility.  “With Pete’s leadership, we are looking forward to maintaining consistent and solid operations of the Utility,” said Mayor Wells-Armstrong.


Dennis Doyle was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent.  Doyle has over 14 years of leadership experience with the City of Kankakee in the Department of Public Works.  He brings his extensive expertise and experience in managing streets and sanitation; arborist, and project management to his new role. In his new role, Doyle will co-manage the overall operations of the department.

Clara Hall was recently promoted to the Administrative Manager of the Environmental Services Utility.   Hall joined the Utility eighteen years ago, holding the positions of Administrative Specialist, ESU Board Administrative Assistant, Aqua Liaison and Administrative Coordinator. Hall possesses a Master’s of Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Business Administration.  She brings quality management in support operations, organization and administrative systems.

Zach Newton was recently promoted to Operations Manager of the Sewer and Technical Services Department of Environmental Services Utility.   Newton joined the Utility eleven years ago, holding the position of GIS Manager and Safety Committee Member.  He is also a GIS Advisory Committee Member for Kankakee County. Newton possesses a Master’s of Applied Geographic Science with a minor in Environmental Science.  He brings extensive expertise and experience in sewer infrastructure knowledge, flow testing and project management to his new role.

For more information, contact the Mayor's office at 815-933-0500.


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