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New Public Works Director Named
The City of Rochester is ready to fill a key leadership position in naming a new Public Works Director. City Administrator Steve Rymer has announced Christopher Petree will be joining the Rochester team leading one of its largest departments. Presently, Mr. Petree serves as the Public Works Director in Lakeville, Minnesota, a position he has held since 2011. He will be taking over for current Public Works Director Richard Freese, who will be retiring later this year after serving the City since 1993.
In announcing the appointment Mr. Rymer noted, “Chris’ experience, training, and leadership skills were all important factors in selecting him as Rochester’s next Public Works Director. He will be a valuable asset for our team and community as we advance many new and exciting initiatives intended to make Rochester an even greater place.”
As the Director of Public Works, Petree will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for all activities in the department’s divisions, including Administration, Engineering, Land Development, Infrastructure Maintenance, Fleet and Facilities, the Parking and Transit Utilities, and the Wastewater Utility. The work done by the department touches all Rochester residents and visitors daily, and includes overseeing things like street infrastructure, new street lighting, traffic control, sanitary and stormwater, watermain, and waste water treatment facilities, as well as on –street and off-street parking and coordination of mass transit nodes.