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Mayor names three to fill Warren public service posts

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 7, 2020

 Gus Ghanam is Warren’s new public service director.

Gus Ghanam is Warren’s new public service director.

Photo by Brian Louwers

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WARREN — Gus Ghanam is Warren’s new public service director, Dale Walker is the city’s new Department of Public Works superintendent, and Gary Sikora is the new sanitation superintendent.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts confirmed the three key appointments in late January, following the recent retirement of Richard Sabaugh, who had served as the administration’s public service director since 2007.

Ghanam spent 12 years as Warren’s deputy public service director and as a key member of the mayor’s political team. During part of that time, he led both public works and sanitation operations for the city. He has extensive private-sector sanitation experience.  

Prior to his work in the Fouts administration, Ghanam served 16 years on the Warren Planning Commission, including 12 as the commission’s chair. He’s a 58-year resident of the city and a graduate of Cousino High School.

“Gus is capable of doing almost everything. He’s a troubleshooter. He fixes problems,” Fouts said. “Whatever the issue is that we have, Gus will take care of it. He’s almost like Mr. Handyman, Mr. Fix It.”

That could be anything from responding to trouble with fallen trees to clearing plowed-in driveways for senior citizens, the mayor said.

He credited Ghanam with reorganizing the city’s Water, Sanitation and Public Works departments.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve. It’s an honor,” Ghanam said. “I’ve been working in public service for almost 12 years. My background is extensive in building and developing, along with refuse. This (position) encompasses everything. I appreciate the mayor giving me the opportunity to serve.”

Fouts said Walker is a lifelong Warren resident and a 1992 Lincoln High School grad who started working for the Sanitation Department in 1994. He later worked in the Building, Public Works and Water departments.

“He’s done a great job,” Fouts said.

Sikora has worked for the Sanitation Department since 1972 and has lived in Warren his whole life. He’s a graduate of Center Line High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

“He’s done a really great job of taking care of the stops, paperwork, write-ups, the daily work schedule for employees, complaints. He’s earned the right to be the sanitation director,” Fouts said.

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