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April 1st, 2009
Former Fresno, Calif. official named director of Capital Improvements


David Healey, nationally known for his successful implementation of major municipal infrastructure projects, has been named the city’s Capital Improvements director, City Manager Rick Menchaca announced today.

Healey began work on Monday, March 30, undertaking oversight of more than $140 million in infrastructure projects in the Capital Improvements Program. He will supervise city engineers who design and coordinate CIP projects for roads, utilities, drainage, sidewalks and public facilities.

“We are very pleased to have David on board to help us catch up on a four year backlog of capital projects that will make significant improvements in our community,” Menchaca said. “He is nationally known for his expertise in solving complex problems associated with strategic planning, management, and implementation of major public improvement projects.”

Some of the major projects in the CIP include street, utility, sidewalk and drainage improvements for Rio Vista Terrace, Victory Gardens, Sessom Drive and North LBJ, the Thorpe Lane and Hopkins intersection, downtown street and drainage, the new Central Fire Station, and numerous water and wastewater utility projects.

Healey was recently with MWH of Broomfield Co., a private company that provided water, wastewater, energy, natural resource, program management, consulting and construction services to municipal, industrial and government clients across the globe.

He previously served as the Public Works director for the city of Fresno, Calif., where he directed a $150 million capital improvement program, $40 million operating budget, and implemented a $45 million “No Neighborhood Left Behind” infrastructure initiative.

In Fresno, he successfully managed the on-time, on-budget construction of a new $26 million convention center parking garage, $6 million new fire station project, and a $7 million restoration of the Santa Fe Railroad Depot.

Healey served as Director of Maintenance for Austin and Assistant Director of Public Works for Houston before moving to Fresno. He managed capital projects for numerous educational institutions, including the 3 million square foot Health Science Center campus at the University of Texas and facilities throughout the Houston Independent School District. He delivered the on-time, on-budget construction of the 200,000 square foot School of Nursing and Student Community Center at the University of Texas to a Gold LEED standard.

From 2000-2003, Healey served in senior advisor positions for transportation projects in Washington, D.C. and the State of Maryland, and worked as a private consultant in the late 1990s, developing strategic plans, business process efficiencies, and cost benefit analyses for more than $110 million in construction projects.

The CIP Department was created as part of the City Manager’s realignment in October 2008, which reduced the number of departments from 14 to nine, saving more than $400,000 and streamlining reporting functions. In December, Menchaca named Chuck Swallow as a Development Services director; Steve Parker as Finance director; and Richard Stankiewicz as chief technology officer.

Healey will reside in San Marcos, Menchaca said.

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