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Better know your leaders: Gary Zuroff

Dickinson Public Works Director Gary Zuroff

Name: Gary Zuroff

Hometown: Glendive, Mont.

Positions with the city: Public Works Director

For how long: February

When did you move to Dickinson: My wife Kari and I purchased a home in Dickinson in May and we have been full-time Dickinson residents for about three months.

What do you like most about your job? least?

The part of the job that appeals to me the most is the busy/fast pace that came with the enormous growth of the city. I like being involved in the direction that this city is moving.

What is the most common misconception about your position?

That a public works director only deals with streets and maintenance.

As public works director, what is your biggest challenge?

As the director for Dickinson the biggest challenge is trying just to keep up with the pace that is required to direct operations and help manage the numerous capital improvement projects and you have to be able to prioritize quickly and jump in with both feet.

What is your favorite book/movie/TV show and why?

When I first started working for the city I lived in an apartment during the week without TV, so I bought a DVD of "The Big Bang Theory" sitcom thinking I needed some stress reliever. Now, I hate to miss an episode and one of the characters reminds me of my son who is working on his PHD.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?

If my wife and I weren't living here I would probably find myself at a higher elevation by a lake in Montana. I like the direction the city is moving; and with what it has and will soon have to offer, along with hard-working and very friendly people, it would be hard to leave.

Questions by Katherine Grandstand