Mayor Appoints New Commissioner of Public Works

Mayor John C. Tkazyik announced today that Mr. Christopher Gent of Poughkeepsie will be the new Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Poughkeepsie.  He takes the position after former Commissioner of Public Works and City Engineer, Richard DuPilka, is retiring over 34 years of service to the City. His previous employment was with Chestnut Petroleum Distributors, Inc. as a Construction Manager, Turner Construction as a Project Engineer, and Assistant City Engineer for the City of Poughkeepsie.  Mr. Gent’s major responsibilities will be to plan and direct the operation of the Department of Public Works, including highways, buildings, parks, and utility infrastructure.  The Commissioner of Public Work’s salary is $85,000.  His appointment will be effective Monday, April 14, 2014.

Mayor Tkazyik said, “Mr. Gent’s diverse knowledge in both the public and private sectors will be an asset to the City of Poughkeepsie as he begins his role as Commissioner of Public Works.  He has held multiple positions with varying responsibilities over the years and is well-versed in the needs of the City having previously held the position as Assistant City Engineer.”

“I would also like to take the time to thank Mr. DuPilka for his many years of service to the City and wish him the best of luck in his retirement,” Mayor Tkazyik added.

Mr. Gent holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and began his career as an Assistant Civil City Engineer for the City of Poughkeepsie from 1996 to 1998 where he planned and designed infrastructure projects for the City.

Mr. Gent is quoted as saying, “I am excited to work for the City of Poughkeepsie.  This position comes with pride and opportunity to continue the professionalism of the post.  This is a job I have always aspired to and I believe this City needs the energy I am willing to provide.”

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