Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Miki Esposito has been named Director of the City Public Works and Utilities Department effective immediately. Esposito has served as Interim Director since September 6, and she was the Compliance Administrator for the department before then.
"Over the past three months, Miki has proven to be a strong leader for the department," Mayor Beutler said. "I have great confidence in her ability to move Public Works and Utilities forward in a way that meets the needs and expectations of City leaders and the residents of our community."
"I am fortunate to be surrounded by a competent, hardworking and dedicated staff," Esposito said. "As a team, we look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in keeping our City a wonderful place to live. I'm very honored by this appointment and recognize that the services provided by Public Works and Utilities affect so many lives in our community. I take that responsibility very seriously and am truly committed to serving the needs of our citizenry in the most positive and productive way."
Miki began her career as an attorney for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality specializing in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. In 2006, she joined the City Attorney's Office and represented the Public Works and Utilities Department in legal matters, including civil litigation, contract negotiation and legislation. After a temporary post as a Senior Policy Aide to Mayor Beutler in 2010, Miki took a position as Compliance Administrator for Public Works and Utilities. She is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas and received a bachelor's degree in biology at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.
Esposito's salary is $105,000 annually. The Public Works and Utilities Department is the largest in City government and includes seven divisions: Business Office, Engineering Services, Special Projects Development, StarTran, Watershed Management, Wastewater and Solid Waste and the Lincoln Water System.