Mayor Chris Beutler has appointed Miki Esposito as the Interim Director of the City's Public Works and Utilities Department. Esposito, the Compliance Administrator for the department, is replacing Greg MacLean, who was asked to resign. The Mayor said she will assess the department's needs and determine the process for appointing a permanent Director.
"I have asked Miki to focus on making Public Works a more responsive, less contentious organization, one that blends in more smoothly the concerns of elected officials and the general public," Beutler said. "I have great faith that the Public Works management team will unite behind Miki and help lead the department into an even brighter future.
MacLean has been Public Works and Utilities Director since December 2007, and the Mayor thanked him for moving the department forward.
Esposito worked as an attorney for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, in the City Attorney's Office and in the Mayor's Office before joining Public Works in 2010.
Beutler also announced that Fred Hoke, the Manager of the Development Services Center (DSC), also will serve as Director of the Building and Safety Department. Hoke served as director from December 2008 until October 2009, when he was named DSC Manager. "The implementation of the DSC has redefined our needs in several areas, requiring a new organizational structure," Beutler said. "Our new plan will consolidate management, create a flatter organizational structure and save money."
The Mayor said a reorganization of the department will eliminate two management positions. The Mayor praised the service of the two long-time City employees in those positions - Inspections and Enforcement Manager Ron Peery and Chuck Zimmerman, who was Manager of Building Services before being named Interim Building and Safety Director in October 2009.
The Mayor said the changes in the two departments are "part of our continuing efforts to respond to the changing dynamics of our community's job creation and development needs."