Smith named director of public works agency

January 11, 1999

Just in time for the snow, sleet and freezing rain that made a mess of city streets last week, David L. Smith was named director of the Annapolis agency responsible for keeping the streets clear, the Department of Public Works.

Smith, 59, has been acting director since October, when former director John E. C. Patmore went on leave before retiring effective Dec. 31. Mayor Dean L. Johnson nominated Smith Thursday to be the permanent director, and the City Council is to vote on his confirmation tonight.

Smith joined the department in October 1982 as chief of engineering and construction. He also has been the department's chief of administration and deputy director.

Even with the challenging storm that arrived after his nomination, Smith was excited about his new job.

"I've been here 16 years, so I've got intimate knowledge of the department," he said.

He said he hopes to increase the department's efficiency and train employees for promotion into management positions.

Before coming to Annapolis, Smith lived in Maryville, Mich., where he was city engineer for seven years and city manager for two.

Pub Date: 1/11/99

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