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City Manager Paul Break was recently recognized by the International City/County Management Association for 30 years of service to local government administration. Brake joins 133 other city managers from around the world who were also honored with this award.
City Manager Brake’s award was acknowledged by City Council at their meeting on Nov. 7. Some highlights of Brake’s tenure as Morgantown City Manager include the development and implementation of the city’s short- and long-term objectives through the City’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan; securing a $4.1 million grant, the largest private foundation gift in the City’s history, to redevelop the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park and Amphitheater; and overseeing the successful acceptance, through the Federal Aviation Administration, of the Runway Extension Justification Study for the Morgantown Municipal Airport.
“We’re fortunate to have Paul,” said Mayor Bill Kawecki. “He brings with him an immense amount of professional knowledge and foresight. As the award indicates, he has a life-long commitment to public service and a passion for community engagement and that’s what makes him an exceptional leader.”
Brake has been the City Manager for the City of Morgantown since February of 2017. Previous to his current position, he worked as the Director of State Operations for SAFEbuilt, Inc. in Detroit, Mich., the City Manager of the City of Grand Blanc, Assistant Township Manager for Meridian Township, and the County Coordinator for Shiawassee County. Brake holds a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Grand Valley State College. He is also the committee chair of the Runway Extension and Development Board, on the Board of Directors for the Morgantown Area Economic Partnership Board, and a committee member of the Monongalia County Development Authority.