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2007 Media Releases

November 8, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Chris Beutler today announced his appointment of Greg MacLean, a member of the senior water staff at HDR of Lincoln, as the new Director of the City Public Works and Utilities Department. MacLean will join the City December 17. Beutler said MacLean is an outstanding manager and experience engineer who understands City government and the needs of business.

“He and I share a similar vision for Lincoln’s future and the role of Public Works and Utilities in making Lincoln the most competitive city for jobs and growth in the nation,” said Beutler. “His experiences make him the best choice as we continue our progress in creating a development services center that will cut red tape and help our businesses get the job done more quickly and with less cost.”

In 2001, MacLean opened the Lincoln office of HDR, a national architectural, engineering and consulting firm based in Omaha. He is currently responsible for marketing and business development and office management. He previously worked for Olsson Associates in Lincoln and for several firms in Texas. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has worked on many projects for the City of Lincoln and served on Mayoral task forces on infrastructure financing, roads standards and multi-modal transportation. He also has worked with UNL, the Lower Platte South NRD, the Lincoln Airport Authority, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and many other federal, state and local agencies.

“The Mayor has set the tone for teamwork, open communication, a spirit of cooperation and effective leadership,” said MacLean. “As part of the team, we will embrace these ideals. I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve the community.”

Beutler thanked Karl Fredrickson, who has served as Public Works and Utilities Director since April 2005. “Karl assumed a tough job at a time when Lincoln’s infrastructure needs were great,” said Beutler. “He can point with pride to real progress in Antelope Valley, millions of dollars in new roads and expansion into Stevens Creek. We wish him well in the future.”

Public Works and Utilities is the largest department in City government. It has six divisions:

  • The Business Office handles administrative duties for the department, including water and sewer billing, as well as overseeing the City-owned parking garages.
  • Engineering Services and Street and Traffic Operations designs, oversees and maintains storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water and streets.
  • Water Production and Distribution (Lincoln Water System) is responsible for production and treatment of the City’s water supply.
  • Wastewater, Solid Waste and Recycling operates wastewater treatment facilities, City landfills and recycling operations.
  • StarTran is the City-owned bus system.
  • Watershed Management works to minimize flood damage and conserve natural resources.

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