Steve Yarkosky, interim Creston Water Department manager, has been a busy man over the past month and a-half.
Yarkosky was named Creston Water Department interim general manager Dec. 11, after Creston Water Board suspended longtime manager Steve Green because they found “alleged irregularities” in the department.
Lee McNichols, water board chairman, said Thursday Green remains on paid administrative leave as an investigation by the state auditor’s office and Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) continues. McNichols said he estimates the state auditor’s investigation report will be finalized and delivered to the Creston Water Board by the end of March.
Creston News Advertiser will provide details of the Steve Green investigation as soon as they’re available.
Yarkosky, 57, has the education and experience to be Creston Water Department manager as he was general manager of the Oskaloosa water department from 1993 to 2008. He left his position there in 2008 and moved to Florida with his wife Chris.
But, Yarkosky said that didn’t work out.
“The climate was too hot for someone born and raised in Albia,” Yarkosky joked.
So, upon moving back to Iowa, Yarkosky made phone calls to several water departments across the state looking for employment. He landed in Creston as water plant operator in July 2010. He was later promoted to water plant manager, and when Green was suspended, he took on double duty as interim general manager and water plant manager.
“I’ve taken on a dual role, and that’s been good,” Yarkosky said, “but also a little bit of a challenge. I’ve really been trying to get up to speed on the general manager position because every department is unique in its own way, and at the same time it’s up to me to keeping the water plant running. Fortunately, we have such great employees in Creston and all of them made this transition easier for me. I can’t thank them enough.”
Yarkosky, as mentioned, was born and raised in Albia. He has nine children and eight grandchildren. He currently lives in Creston, and commutes to Oskaloosa as often as possible to see his wife Chris, who he’s been married to for 37 years, and children that live at home or in the Oskaloosa area.