The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed Dan Cherry as the new director of Public Works Department effective Feb. 1, replacing the current Public Works Director Byron Jaspers who will be retiring in February after 23 years with the county.
Chairman Thomas Thurman said the supervisors were impressed with Cherry’s efforts while he was in Public Works several years ago and also as the current director of the Yavapai County Flood Control District.
“We are pleased to see him move into this new position and know that he will do very well,” Thurman said.
Cherry has served as Flood Control District director since 2014, and is the current chair of the Arizona Floodplain Management Association. He grew up in Prescott, and is married to Cathleen; they have two daughters, Madeleine, 17, and Arden, 14.
Cherry graduated from the University of Arizona in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrology and Water Resources. He has worked for Yavapai County in both the Public Works Department and the Flood Control District since 1997. Prior to that, he worked for the Arizona Department of Water Resources in Phoenix.
He is a Professional Engineer (Civil) registered in the State of Arizona, with an emphasis in transportation, as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Cherry said he’s looking forward to the new challenge and to work alongside his colleagues.
“I have built strong relationships with many of the staff during my previous stint in the organization, and I appreciate this opportunity and the trust the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has given me to provide the department leadership for the future.”
Information provided by Yavapai County.