Public Works Directors—Why Do Some Stand Out—

by Philip V. DiVietro, Asst. News Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 8, Pg. 68-71

Document Type: Feature article


William Hennessy, Commissioner of New York State's DOT began as a junior engineering aide, went into real estate acquisitions for the state and later entered the state's DOT top job, heading 12,000 employees. He is an Indian blood brother and peacemaker of the Seneca Indian Nation, chairman of the state's Love Canal Task Force and head of the state's Disaster Preparedness Commission. Robert Haven, Director of Engineering of the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission introduced a consultant-selection procedure that is rational and does not limit work to a small number of firms. He has helped change the image of an organization that previously received negative press for some questionable practices. John C. Clements, Commissioner of New Hampshire's Department of Public Works and Highways, helped bring opposite factions together to agree on the Franconia Notch controversy, a snag in the U.S. Interstate system since its construction began over 20 years ago.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure | Disaster preparedness | Consulting services | Highways and roads | Engineering profession | Real estate | Employees | Canals | New York | United States

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