City of Fitchburg

The City of Fitchburg has chosen a new public works director.

If Michael Bisbach passes his background check, he’ll be the city’s fourth in just over four years.

Human resources manager Sarah Olson provided Bisbach’s identity and that of others involved in the city’s search to the Star after he accepted the city’s conditional offer Wednesday, July 10.

Bisbach, a senior municipal engineering manager with Jewell Associates, was the second candidate to be offered the job. A candidate in an earlier round of interviews, Jefferson County highway operations manager Brian Udovich, turned down the city’s offer, Olson told the Star in an email.

Bisbach is a 1990 UW-Platteville graduate who has also worked in engineering and project management for the City of Dodgeville and the state Department of Administration, according to his LinkedIn profile. He has been with Jewell since 2014.

A city panel interviewed 10 candidates in all, with five in the first round and five new candidates in the second round.

Bisbach was chosen over: David Barber, vice president of operations of Himalayan Consultants; Barton Chapman, senior water resources engineer with Inter-Fluve; Ron Gibbons, senior project engineer with Principle Construction; and Kevin Juntuen, executive officer with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Japan.

Lisa Coleman, who began in the position July 30 last year, announced her resignation in a March 25 letter. Coleman succeeded Cory Horton, who had been here for more than three years.

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