City’s public works director Kennedy leaving for private-sector job

October 25, 2017 GMT

Fort Wayne’s Public Works director is leaving his position with the city for the private sector, Mayor Tom Henry announced Wednesday.

Although Bob Kennedy has been director of the city’s Public Works department for about a decade, he has worked for the city for 33 years. Kennedy’s prior positions include deputy director of Public Works and City Utilities, street commissioner and accountant and purchasing agent for the city’s Street Department.

“Bob has given his entire professional career to this point to the city of Fort Wayne and he did so in a professional manner and always put residents first,” Henry said in a statement. “I admire his commitment to providing excellent customer service and I appreciate his passion for ensuring we have a safe and efficient transportation system. His leadership has helped make Fort Wayne a point of destination for jobs, great neighborhoods and desirable quality of life amenities. Bob will be missed.”

Kennedy will hold his position with the city until the end of November. City Engineer Shan Gunawardena will serve as interim director of Public Works until a permanent replacement is selected.

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