Morgantown city manager receives award for service to local government

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Morgantown City Manager Paul Brake was recognized Wednesday night for his 30 years of service to local government.

Brake recently received the 30 Years of Service award. He is one of 134 others to receive the award around the world.

Officials say Brake's service as city manager has led to the securing of a $4.1 million grant to redevelop the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfont Park and Amphitheater and overseeing the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration for the Runway Extension Justification Study at the Morgantown Municipal Airport.

Before he became city manager in 2017, Brake was Detroit, Michigan's Director of State Operations for SAFEbuilt, Inc., the city manager of Grand Blanc, Assistant Township Manager for Meridian Township, and the County Coordinator for Shiawassee County.

"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 indicated, he has a life-long commitment to public service and a passion for community engagement and that's what makes him an exceptional leader."