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Mayor Annise Parker today named Dale A. Rudick, P.E. as the new director for the Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering (PWE).
“Whether it’s the water and sewer service we tend to take for granted, the ReBuild Houston program to improve our street and drainage system or the expansion of our hike and bike trails, the work done by PWE has a direct impact on the lives of Houstonians,” said Mayor Parker. “I want a performance driven operation that is responsive to the customers it serves. Dale brings the experience and clear understanding of my priorities needed to provide steady, strong leadership at PWE.”
Rudick’s varied career spans more than 30 years. Since September 2011, he has been serving as a deputy director of PWE in charge of implementation and management of ReBuild Houston. Prior to that, he spent over 18 years working for the City of Sugar Land in various capacities including Director of Intergovernmental Relations, City Engineer, Transportation/Utilities Director and Transportation/Traffic Manager. He has extensive experience managing multi-million dollar projects from planning to design and construction.
Rudick was selected after consideration of numerous qualified candidates from both inside and outside city government. He will replace Dan Krueger who has retired effective September 2, 2014.
“One of our priorities is to build stronger communication ties with various stakeholders, community leaders and residents,” said Rudick. “We will also strengthen relationships with other departments and agencies to help accelerate the implementation of the Mayor’s Executive Order related to ‘context sensitive design’ for designated roads.”
Rudick has been a resident of Houston since 1987. He a holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Houston and a degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Texas.