MAYOR SELECTS DALE TECH AS CITY'S PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR
City Engineer has been serving as interim director for past 16 months
RAPID CITY--Dale Tech, long-time City engineer and who has served as interim public works director for the past 16 months, has been selected by Mayor Steve Allender to fill the director position in a formal, permanent capacity.
The selection will go to the City Council for confirmation May 15.
"While serving as interim director of public works, Dale has demonstrated his ability to manage and lead employees including individuals and groups," said Mayor Allender. "He has demonstrated his ability to manage projects and work as an important team member with other City department directors.
"I have come to know him as a professional engineer who can translate complicated engineering issues into layperson terms and someone who can negotiate and work with contractors and developers."
Tech began serving the residents of Rapid City as city engineer in May 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, is a registered professional engineer and registered land surveyor. Prior to working with the City, Tech served eight years as an engineer and drainage engineer for the Pennington County Highway Department. He worked six years with the US Army Corps of Engineers and has four years of experience in the private sector as a construction foreman and three years as a purchasing manager and inventory control manager.
In addition to serving the past 16 months as interim public works director, Tech also served as interim public works director for four months in 2011. Since March 2016, Tech has served as interim director of the City's Community Planning and Development Services and will continue in that interim capacity as a national search proceeds for a director.
Upon confirmation by the Council, the City will also begin the selection process to fill the open city engineer position.
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