• Mike Pubentz appointed City of Elgin Public Works Director


    For immediate release, March 6, 2020

    City of Elgin Appoints
    Public Works Director


    Pubentz appointed to Public Works Director

    Elgin, IL - Mike Pubentz is being appointed as Elgin's public works director by City Manager Kozal.

    “I’m thrilled to transition my
    role within the City and lead the public works department,” said Mike Pubentz. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with the talented and committed men and women of the department these past few years. We will continue to build upon the collaboration and innovation executed in our daily operations that the Elgin community has grown to expect.”

    As public works director, Pubentz will continue to support the City management through overseeing a variety of projects and assignments that support the day to day operations of public works as well as the vision for a robust infrastructure plan that will benefit all residents and businesses. 

    The Public Works Department provides planning, design, construction and maintenance of rights-of-way, city properties and parking structures. Public Works has several divisions including engineering, streets, fleet services and traffic/electrical. This work is completed by City staff as well as consultants and contractors. Public Works has approximately 67 employees and an annual budget of nearly $25 million to maintain the over 350 lane miles and 18 bridges within the 38 square miles that make up the city of Elgin.

    “During the past two years, Mike has demonstrated his exceptional capabilities in planning and directing the City’s capital programs in collaboration with staff, the city council and the community,” said City Manager Rick Kozal. “Mike brings a wealth of experience to the role and will continue managing the city’s capital projects in addition to his new duties as the public works director.”

    Public Works has operated without a director for two years. During that time, Superintendent Aaron Neal lead the department. 

    “The institutional knowledge Aaron brings to operational management such as snow and ice removal, leaf collection, pavement maintenance and our ongoing LED street light replacement program greatly compliments the public works and engineering experience I bring to the department,” said Pubentz. “I look forward to collaborating with Aaron and members of the department to continue delivering valuable and effective public services to the community.”

    Pubentz was recruited by the City of Elgin in 2017 as a finalist in the national search for a public works director. During his recruitment, the City’s pressing need for an experienced capital engineer prompted Pubentz to offer his talent in that critical position.

    Pubentz brings to Elgin over 30 years of experience in civil engineering, public works and field operations leadership. Pubentz served the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for 13 years in construction, engineering design, hydraulics and land acquisition duties. Following, Pubentz served the Village of Montgomery for 15 years as the director of public works and then for two years as the director of field operations for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

    Pubentz holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Certificate of Public Management from Northern Illinois University, a Professional Engineer license with the State of Illinois, as well as memberships to the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

    For more information, please contact Communications Manager Molly Gillespie at 847-931-5613 or visit www.cityofelgin.org.
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