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He will join the city of Madras wastewater management team after 11 years in Metolious

PMG PHOTO: KIVA HANSON - Pat Hanenkrat has worked for the city of Metolius for 11 years but he's leaving his job as Metolius Public Works director this month. He plans to continue to be involved in the Metolius community.

Pat Hanenkrat, director of Metolius Public Works, is leaving the position to pursue wastewater management in Madras.

He's been with Metolius public works since April 2011 and says that the job has been an amazing experience.

"This little community is really amazing and getting to be a part of it all is great," said Hanenkrat. "I really feel like Metolius is a part of my community."

Hanenkrat was born and raised in Springfield before joining the Navy, where he served as a naval firefighter and welder and more for 22 years. He then moved to Prineville and later Madras, where he lives today.

Over his 11 years with the city of Metolius, Hanenkrat says the projects the community gets to see and enjoy are his favorite, "things like beautifying Jefferson Avenue and working on the depot are really important for building a great community."

The beautification of Jefferson Avenue is an ongoing project that has involved the whole community.

"We had the Garden Depot come and recommend plants, and volunteers come to help us do the landscaping. It's really a community project," said Hanenkrat.

Hanenkrat has also been involved in bringing back the Spike and Rail Day Celebration in Metolius and helps set-up Santa's Depot and the monthly pancake breakfast at the train depot. He also has announced all the local parades for the last five years.

"I plan on continuing to volunteer here, and I'll always be a part of the Jefferson County community. Jefferson County will always be home."

The sense of community within Jefferson County is a large part of Hanenkrat's love for it. The cities of Culver, Metolius and Madras all work together to get their projects done.

"All of Jefferson County's people are just a phone call away," said Hanenkrat, "When our backhoe broke down in the middle of a project, we called Madras, and they had one for us to borrow in just a few hours."

The Metolius Public Works director wears lots of hats, says Hanenkrat. He's served on the board for the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and on the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation, which serves as a liaison for prioritizing and planning Oregon Department of Transportation projects.

Hanenkrat was exposed to wastewater management through his job at Metolius Public Works, where he spends a few hours everyday testing and monitoring water quality and levels in Metolius.

"I'm excited to learn new equipment and a new process, every system is different and a new challenge, I expect somewhat of a learning curve, but I'm excited to learn it all" said Hanenkrat.

Hanenkrat's last day as the City of Metolius Public Works director will be Dec. 17, and he begins his new job in Madras on Dec. 20. His co-worker, Kevin Raines, will serve as the interim Public Works Director.

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