Woodstock’s Assistant City Manager — Public Works
What is your main responsibility?
My main responsibility is Woodstock’s public infrastructure. This includes streets, storm water, buildings and grounds, water/sewer and engineering.
Describe a typical day on the job.
The typical day is a mix of planning for the future and troubleshooting for today. There really is no typical day because there are at least a dozen new, unexpected issues that arise each day.
What is your background?
I have been with the city for more than nine years. I spent most of my career in the private sector as an executive in large corporations.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in central Florida. My family would frequently travel to Atlanta, and I always enjoyed this area. I have been in north Georgia now for 37 years, 26 years of which have been in the Woodstock area.
What is the most unusual request you’ve gotten?
We get hundreds of very unusual requests every month, and they are all caused by the same mistake of looking up our telephone number on internet search engines. We talk to the citizens about their request, and they give us an address we cannot find in our Woodstock because it is in Woodstock in Illinois, Ontario, New York or any one of the many Woodstock locations in North America. We explain the confusion and then tell those citizens to come visit the best Woodstock when they have time!
What projects are in the works?
In the coming months, we will be finishing two big road improvement projects in downtown Woodstock, while also rolling out new traffic flows and traffic signal coordination, all in advance of the big City Center development project. I am excited about this latest transformation of Woodstock.
What do you like most about your job?
I like meeting citizens and hearing about their experiences and ideas. I like working with this great city staff and leadership team. This is a very supportive community! It is the key to the city’s success.
What are your goals and interests?
I want to spend a great deal of quality time with my family, have fun and enjoy life. I am also fascinated by the new wave of technological progress in our world, and I constantly explore the impact of technological disruptions. Despite rampant pessimism in the media, there is convincing evidence that our society is entering a golden era of improvement and plenty.
How do you like to spend free time?
My wife and I spend a lot of time enjoying Woodstock, especially the concerts, Woodstock Arts and the festive atmosphere downtown. I also play baseball and tennis. And, I spend a lot of time reading, writing and listening to podcasts.