City Manager Toby Dougherty announced the appointment of Nicholas Willis as the interim assistant director of utilities for the city of Hays. He will assume his duties Monday.

Willis has been employed with the city of Hays since 2011. He is the stormwater/water conservation superintendent. Before becoming employed with the city of Hays, Willis served as a water division engineer with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

He received his bachelor's degree in biological systems engineering degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree in agro ecology from Norwegian University of Life Sciences.