DeKalb County hires new Public Works Director

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 20, 2018

Richard Lemke. Photo provided by DeKalb County

DeKalb County Georgia has hired a new Public Works Director.

“DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has selected professional engineer, Richard Lemke as the county’s director of Public Works, effective March 26,” the county said in a press release. “Lemke will oversee the Department of Watershed Management, and the divisions of Fleet Maintenance, Roads and Drainage, Transportation and Sanitation. Lemke will manage the Department of Public Work’s 1,600 full- and part-time employees and a budget of $460 million.”

He has more than 20 years of government service that includes working in Green River, Wyo., where he oversaw a citywide program to improve streets.

“Additionally, he has managed a variety of public works and capital improvement projects such as planning and constructing wastewater treatment plants and fleet maintenance facilities,” the press release says. “Most recently, he served as the director of Public Works in Maitland, Florida, and on the Orange County Florida Environmental Protection Commission.:

He has a professional engineering certification and received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Bradley University and a Master of Science degree in engineering management from the Florida Institute of Technology, the county says.

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