(Dublin, OH) – Dublin City Manager Marsha Grigsby announced the appointment of Megan O’Callaghan, P.E., Esq. as the new Director of Public Service.
The Director of Public Service is a member of the senior management team and will oversee the divisions of Streets and Utilities, Engineering and Parks and Open Space. Her first day will be Monday, January 6, 2014; her annual salary is $125,000.
“A recent organizational analysis, conducted by the Novak Consulting Group, identified this position’s critical need for the successful long-term management of our infrastructure and priorities,” said Grigsby. “The primary role of the Director of Public Service involves the development and management of the City-wide infrastructure assets, maintenance of those assets, and the management of the day to day service delivery. Megan also will work with division directors to set departmental goals, including the setting of clear customer service standards,” said Grigsby.
“The City of Dublin is in a unique position in that our residential and commercial development continues to expand and our existing infrastructure is now in maintenance mode,” said Grigsby.
Since 2000, the City has added 3,600 housing units and has issued 3,500 new residential building permits for new residential construction and over 780 building permits for new commercial construction. Even with the Recession, the City maintained healthy residential and commercial development and new building permits are again on the rise. Roads and water and sanitary sewer infrastructure continue to be developed. Since 2002, the City has increased center lane roadways by 34%, sidewalk miles by 58% and bike path miles by 85%.
Similar to transportation infrastructure, the City has experienced a considerable expansion in the number of miles of underground water main, sanitary sewer line and storm sewer line.
Since 2002, development and population growth has necessitated a 29% increase in the number of miles of underground infrastructure.
The City also has seen similar growth in parkland infrastructure. The increase in residential development will lead to a need for additional parks and recreation amenities. Since 2002, the City has increased the number of developed park acres by 138%, adding more than 567 acres of parkland.
O’Callaghan has served the Ohio Department of Transportation for 11 years, most recently as a Deputy Director with statewide responsibility for alternative project delivery, construction, materials, contracting processes and prevailing wage. She also directly managed 90 employees and had indirect oversight of 500 employees statewide. For four years she served the City of Columbus as the Public Service Deputy Director overseeing transportation engineering and operations as well as refuse collection.
O’Callaghan received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1998. In addition, she received her Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from Capital University Law School in 2004.
“Megan’s credentials and work experience are exceptional. She will provide strong leadership in our efforts to continue to provide excellent city services and in maintaining our public infrastructure,” said Grigsby.
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