City Manager Eric Norenberg announced today that the City of Milford has filled the Public Works Director position that has been vacant for almost two years. Mark Whitfield, currently Public Works Director for State College, PA, will become Milford’s Public Works Director on July 25, 2016.
The City of Milford conducted a regional recruitment, but received applicants from across the country. “We were very pleased with the interest in this position and in working for the City of Milford,” stated Norenberg. “We had a number of candidates from Delaware and beyond. I am thrilled that Mark will be joining the City of Milford team. He brings years of experience and proven success in public works. As we continue to strengthen and grow our local economy, the reliability and quality of our public utilities and infrastructure is critical. I know Mark will build on our strengths and help ensure we are ready for new development and expanding employers.”
“The economic development aspect of Milford was very appealing to me. Milford has much to offer businesses and residents and I look forward to assisting the city to grow in a sustainable manner,” stated Whitfield.
Whitfield has worked for the Borough of State College since 1981 and as Public Works Director since 1998. During his tenure as Director, he was instrumental in implementing innovative and forward thinking programs and services, such as the first food waste/organic waste curbside collection program east of the Mississippi River. The State College Public Works Department consists of 42 fulltime employees and has an annual operating budget of $9.51 million.
An active member of the American Public Works Association (APWA), Whitfield has served on several APWA committees, including the APWA Solid Waste Committee for six years (two years as Chair) and is a past president of the APWA Central Pennsylvania Chapter Executive Board. In 2009, Whitfield was named an APWA Jennings Randolph International Fellow, enabling him to be part of an international study and professional exchange to the Czech Republic during which he shared best practices, knowledge, and innovation of solid waste management with colleagues in Czech local governments.
Whitfield will be responsible for operations and maintenance of the City of Milford’s three utilities (water, wastewater and electric), solid waste collection operations (curbside residential trash, recycling and yard waste), fleet maintenance and the maintenance of Milford’s streets and stormwater system. In the coming year, the City of Milford is planning to deploy smart meter technology, complete an electric utility cost of service study, and prepare the utilities to serve the new Bayhealth Campus.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity Mr. Norenberg and City of Milford has given me, and I look forward to becoming a part of the city management team,” said Whitfield. “Milford has much to offer in terms of livability and future growth, and I look forward to being part of that.”