District’s operations director retires

Maurice Wutzke will leave public works at the end of May

Maurice Wutzke

Maurice Wutzke

After 40 years in public service, Maurice Wutzke is retiring at the end of May.

Hope’s director of operations came to the community in 2008 from Squamish, where he had spent 10 years with public works.

Former town manager Earl Rowe said his contributions will be missed.

“The big skill that Maurice brings to operations is the ability to not get panicky when there’s conflict and to bring the guys together as a team,” he said.

While sad to leave his position, Wutzke is proud of how far things have come in a short time. He’s played a key role in many projects completed in the last few years.

“The group of employees are exemplary, well-rounded individuals who bought into change and together made the municipality better,” he said.

Wutzke will continue to live in Hope as he and his wife look forward to retirement together.

The search for his replacement at district hall is now underway.