Elk Grove Announces Hiring of Next Public Works Director

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Press Release - Elk Grove Announces Hiring of Next Public Works Director

Posted: 12/22/2015

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Robert K. Murdoch to Lead City’s Public Works Department

Elk Grove city officials announced today the hiring of Robert K. Murdoch to manage the City’s Public Works Department. Mr. Murdoch will join the City’s management team following the retirement of Richard Shepard. 

Mr. Murdoch comes to the City of Elk Grove with more than 30 years of public works experience. He started his career as a project engineer with the U.S. Department of the Navy and transitioned to local government as a construction manager for the City of Fairfield.  He served for 22 years in various positions with the City of Stockton, ultimately serving as their Director of Public Works for 4 years. Mr. Murdoch leaves his position as the Public Works Director for the County of Monterey, where he has worked since 2012.

Bob brings a wealth of experience with him to Elk Grove,” said Jason Behrmann, Elk Grove’s Assistant City Manager. “Over the course of his career, he has earned a reputation for working collaboratively and effectively with staff and elected officials to deliver a variety of public projects.  And he has received praise for his ability to communicate effectively with the public. We think he will be a great addition to the City.”

Elk Grove’s award-winning Public Works Department is responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the City’s roadway and drainage systems as well as the management of the City’s Integrated Waste and Transit services. Mr. Murdoch will oversee the work of 16 city employees and 38 contracted personnel, an operating budget of $28 million, and a capital improvements budget of $150 million.

Mr. Murdoch will start work at the City of Elk Grove beginning January 4, 2016.

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