Mayor Purzycki Announces Public Works Leadership Appointments
Kelly Williams is Named Permanent Commissioner and Department Veteran Vince Carroccia will serve as Permanent Deputy Commissioner
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today solidified the leadership of the City’s largest department by officially appointing the two top acting managers for the Department of Public Works to permanent positions. Kelly Williams, who has been serving as Acting Commissioner since last August, was named today by the Mayor as Commissioner, and Vincent Carroccia, who was Acting Deputy Commissioner since March of 2014, was appointed as Deputy Commissioner.
Williams and Carroccia will oversee a department of 219 people that has a $98 million operating budget and a $50 million capital budget for water and sewer infrastructure. The appointments become effective immediately.
“Kelly and Vince are respected by the department staff and are capable and qualified leaders for managing a department that has so many intricate, interconnected and highly important functions,” said Mayor Purzycki. “I am grateful for their service and happy to be able to remove the word ‘acting’ from their titles.”
Williams became a Special Assistant to the Public Works Commissioner in 2012 as an independent contractor, and prior to that was an Assistant Solicitor in the City’s Law Department. Kelly has been intimately involved in the operations of the Public Works Department for several years, including setting rates for water, sewer and stormwater utilities, managing the trash and recycling collections process, and promoting green infrastructure efforts and other environmentally-related projects.
Carroccia was Administrative Services Director for Public Works in addition to serving as Acting Deputy Commissioner. He has been overseeing all financial and operational aspects of the Department, including of the General Fund, Water/Sewer Fund, and Motor Vehicle Fund. Carroccia also had responsibility for funding received by the City from the DelDOT Community Transportation Funds (CTF) and the State of Delaware Municipal Street Aid (MSA) Program. Vince has been employed by the Public Works Department for 10 years, but has been working for City government for 34 years, retiring as a Captain from the Wilmington Fire Department in 2008.
Public Works consists of eleven divisions ranging from Administration, Engineering, Street and Sewer Maintenance, Street Cleaning, Sanitation, Motor Vehicle, Property Maintenance, Transportation and a Water/Wastewater/Storm Water Utility.
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