Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Miki Esposito will return as Director of the City Public Works and Utilities (PWU) Department effective Monday, May 16. Esposito was Director from December 2011 through November 2015, when she accepted a position as Deputy Director of Policy and Administration with the Nebraska Department of Roads. Thomas Shafer, who has served as PWU Interim Director, will return to his position as Design and Construction Manager.
"Miki is a great problem-solver and has an extraordinary ability to organize people and to inspire leadership in others," Beutler said. "We are very happy that she has chosen to return to City government. We are also very grateful to Thomas for his excellent service as Interim Director."
"The state position was a great opportunity, and I worked with many dedicated and professional people," Esposito said. "But I am very fortunate to be returning to a job and a City Public Works and Utilities team that I love. I appreciate the help and confidence of everyone involved."
Esposito began her career as an attorney for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality specializing in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. In 2006, she joined the City Attorney's Office and represented PWU in legal matters, including civil litigation, contract negotiation and legislation. After a temporary post as a Senior Policy Aide to Mayor Beutler in 2010, Miki took a position as PWU Compliance Administrator. She also served as PWU Interim Director for several months before being named Director. Esposito is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas and received a bachelor's degree in biology at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.
Public Works and Utilities is the largest department in City government and includes seven divisions: Business Office, Engineering Services, Special Projects Development, StarTran, Watershed Management, Wastewater and Solid Waste and the Lincoln Water System. More information is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: public works).