After more than 22 years of service to the City of Hickory, Assistant Public Services Director, Kevin Greer, PE, DS-A, CS-4 will now serve as Hickory's new Public Services Director. Greer will utilize his experience and exceptional skill set to lead the Public Services Department, following the retirement of the former director, Chuck Hansen, PE.
"Kevin is experienced in all aspects of Public Services," explained City Manager Warren Wood. "He has held multiple positions, and has done everything from working in the traffic department changing bulbs, to fully overseeing and operating a successful utility system. Not only do his years of experience within the city uniquely qualify him for Public Services Director, but he has also established respect and credibility with his coworkers."
Greer graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and later became a Professional Engineer in 2001. His expansive Public Services experience includes working with traffic signals, the design and construction of bridges and roads, landscape plans, and all aspects of water and wastewater utilities including the construction of multi-million dollar wastewater treatment facilities, among numerous other projects.
"I have a real heart for service and knowing that what we do every day in Public Services is improving lives and meeting the needs of others, drives me to enjoy work," said Greer. "I did not envision myself being here this long when I started with the city over 22 years ago, but now, I can't imagine being anywhere that would make me happier."
Greer has served as Interim Public Services Director since January. In addition to his Public Services role, Greer is husband to his wife of 19 years, Melissa, and father to 17 year old twin daughters, Makayla and Makenzie.
Greer went on to say, "I am humbled and elated that Mr. Wood, Ms. Surratt, and Mr. Miller have confidence enough in my skill and ability to select me for the Director position. I look forward to continuing work with my coworkers to further improve our delivery of Public Services."