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Day: June 10, 2022

City Announces New Director of Public Works

The City of Osawatomie welcomes a new Director of Public Works to its leadership team this summer following the retirement of incumbent director Bill Roseberry.

Local resident Michele Silsbee will assume the role of Director effective July 5th, 2022. In her new role, Silsbee will manage the City’s public works infrastructure and improvement projects, including storm water, street and alley repair and maintenance, parks, cemeteries, and the flood protection system. Silsbee brings over 10 years of public works project management experience, including work with large-scale storm water projects and developing and implementing asset management programs. Before her tenure with Osawatomie, Silsbee served as Water Quality Program Coordinator for the City of Olathe beginning in 2018 and Storm Water Management Coordinator for the City of Hutchinson from 2014 to 2018.

“I’m excited to have Michele joining our team,” said Bret Glendening, Deputy City Manager. “Her unique skill set, and particularly her expertise in dealing with storm water issues, was a critical consideration for us as we worked through the selection process.” Glendening noted that incumbent director Bill Roseberry had set a very high standard, but the City is confident in Silsbee’s ability to meet, sustain, and expand upon Roseberry’s legacy.

Silsbee, whose family moved to Osawatomie in May of 2021, said “I am excited to accept the responsibility of leading the Public Works Department of Osawatomie. Since our move, we’ve enjoyed learning more about the community and working with our animals and on our property. My husband and I also have two daughters that keep us busy biking, hiking, and camping with them whenever we can. Osawatomie has continually welcomed us with open arms. I feel truly blessed to be able to serve the community we now call home.”

Michele Silsbee holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from McPherson College and is currently completing a master’s degree in public administration and certificates in city/county management and economic development from Wichita State University.