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Emergency management director Max Rubin is leaving the City after 40 years. Over the years, Mr. Rubin has had his hands in many departments at the Civic Center. He began at the City as a front-line supervisor and became a department head two years later. He was Facilities Manager and the director of Public Works, and was the project coordinator for four major projects: the Maple Avenue garage, the Levy Center, the Sherman Plaza garage and the Main Library.
Mr. Rubin says one thing he is proud of in his career as project manager is the construction of the new library 10 years ago. The library was moved to a temporary location near Fountain Square during construction, saving the City considerable funds, he said. Mr. Rubin says working on the project was “fascinating,” and that construction utilized the unusual technique of dynamic compaction, a process that involves repeatedly dropping large steel tampers with a crane in order to deeply compact the soil.
Mr. Rubin also says he is proud there were no lawsuits with the four major projects that he oversaw. “When people are out to create something not just for the money, you get a great job,” he says.
More recently, Mr. Rubin worked with Emergency Management, broadcasting updated emergency information over the radio station 1650 AM and readying the City for the unexpected. He noted that City Manager Julia Carroll was the first to make Emergency Management a full-time position, a challenge Mr. Rubin has taken in stride. He has been called “protector of the City” because of his care of the buildings and his work in emergency preparedness.
After working 40 years for the City, Mr. Rubin has become close to many of the staff at the Civic Center and relates leaving the City to “losing [his] family.” However, he says Evanston is “on the right track,” and that Ms. Carroll has put the City “on a path to make a reasonable budget.” He is also proud of the face of the new downtown, and that downtown Evanston is “vibrant” and has “come a long way.”