Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty announced the appointment of Johnny O’Connor as the new director of utilities for the city of Hays. O’Connor is serving as the assistant director of utilities.

“Johnny has a strong background in the water/wastewater field, as well as excellent leadership, management and organizational skills,” Dougherty said.

O’Connor started his employment with the city Nov. 10 as the assistant director of utilities. Before joining the city, O’Connor worked as the city superintendent of Attica and as the operation supervisor for the city of Wichita. He received his master's degree of business administration from Friends University in Wichita.