New director of Manawa’s public works
By Jane Myhra
Cody Simonis is looking forward to his new role as Manawa’s director of public works. His first day on the job is Monday, April 3.
Simonis is excited to be returning to his hometown to continue in a career he loves.
“My favorite part of my job is serving the public. I really enjoy helping people,” he said. “I like the variety, as well as being outside, and many aspects of this job are outside.”
Simonis is the son of Jerry and Lana Simonis, of Royalton. He is a 2005 graduate of Little Wolf High School.
He received an associate’s degree in natural resources from Fox Valley Technical College. He has also taken courses on surveying, water/wastewater, parks and recreation, and forestry.
He is currently employed as a water and wastewater operator in Minocqua.
Simonis applied for the Manawa job because “I wanted to further my career and move closer to family,” he said. “I like the small town community, where everyone knows everyone.”
Simonis will have some big shoes to fill as the replacement for recently-retired Frank Jaeger. He feels he has the background and motivation to do the job.
“I have a great work ethic, and I am motivated to do what is best for my hometown community,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with the city crew. I’ve known some of the guys on this crew for some time.”
He considers Jaeger to be a good friend.
“When I was deciding what I wanted to do for a career, I talked to Frank about public works,” Simonis said. “Frank explained what he did and that sounded interesting to me, and I went from there.”
Simonis and his wife, Madalyn, plan to move to the area. She is from Clintonville and is a teacher. The couple has two children: Easton is 4 and Evelyn is 1.
“I’m excited to start a new chapter in my life and career,” Simonis said.