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City taps Kirby to head new engineering department

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The Daily Reflector

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The City of Greenville has named longtime employee Lisa Kirby as the head of its newly created Department of Engineering.

Kirby has been with the City of Greenville since 2003, serving as senior engineer since 2010. In that time, she has been responsible for stormwater management, stormwater capital projects, and land development requirements. She is the project manager overseeing the $33-million Town Creek Culvert stormwater infrastructure project, the city's largest capital project to date.

"When I started here 17 years ago, I never imagined I would have the chance to be included in the development of a new department for the City of Greenville," Kirby said. "I am thrilled to have this opportunity. Over the next several months, we will be reorganizing our team, providing additional training and developing standard operating procedures with the end goal being to create synergy and provide infrastructure that will sustain Greenville residents into the future."

Engineering was previously a division within the City's Public Works Department. The new Department of Engineering will manage traffic services, transportation planning, land development, stormwater management, capital projects and asset management.

The Public Works Department will continue to handle operations for sanitation, Greenville Area Transit (GREAT), fleet maintenance, street maintenance and buildings and grounds.

A standalone Department of Engineering was created to meet the priorities and initiatives set by City Council.

"We look forward to (Kirby) being able to dedicate her attention to capital projects, development services and traffic services, all of which are extremely important for a growing city such as ours," City Manager Ann Wall said.

Prior to working for the City of Greenville, Kirby worked for URS Corporation completing floodplain analysis, floodplain mapping and disaster management and field training during declared disasters. She also has contributed to several environmental impact statements prepared for the Department of Energy's Nuclear Weapons Complexes. She holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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