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April 28, 2005
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Mark Bowen, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, 441-7511

Mayor Selects Fredrickson To Lead Public Works And Utilities Department

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced the selection of Karl Fredrickson to be Director of the Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department.

“Karl has extensive knowledge in engineering and good instincts for looking at all sides of issues. He knows the needs of the City and will have an openness toward examining new ideas,” Seng said. “He has a proven ability to manage and can work at both the local, county and state level having worked a variety of positions at the Nebraska Department of Roads. Being a current City employee, he is familiar with the issues facing the Department and City allowing for a smooth quick transition.”

Fredrickson, 41, has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska. He worked for the Nebraska Department Roads for 15 years prior to joining the City in 2002. He currently serves as Assistant City Engineer where he manages the design, construction and street maintenance sections of the department which includes 220 employees.

“I want to thank Mayor Seng for selecting me and expressing her confidence in my ability to serve as the Director. I will emphasize maintaining and building stronger working relationships with the community and dedicated employees of the City Public Works and Utilities Department,” Fredrickson said.

The position was advertised locally and regionally. The Mayor, along with a screening committee of citizens appointed by her, interviewed a number of local and regional applicants.

The Mayor will ask the City Council to confirm the appointment this month. Seng said Fredrickson would serve as Acting Director until the Council confirms him.

The Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department has a $190 million budget and about 540 employees, who either build or direct the city's water, wastewater, streets, storm sewers, snow removal and bus service. The Public Works and Utilities Department consists of six divisions that are Engineering Services, Wastewater Solid Waste Division, Water Production and Distribution, Watershed Management Division, StarTran and Business Operations.

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