Steve Lawrence, who has served the City of Edmond for 23 years, has been named the new Director of Engineering.
Manning the interim role since December following the resignation of longtime Director of Engineering Steve Manek, Lawrence was chosen for this vital role after an extensive process that included three interview committees and input from external stakeholders.
“I am honored to be chosen and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead,” Lawrence said. “Edmond is a growing community, and to continue to do that efficiently and responsibly requires strategic and well-planned execution. As a City, we are fortunate to have an experienced and talented engineering team and I look forward to working closely with these capable individuals.”
The Director of Engineering is responsible for planning, directing, and managing the activities of the Engineering Department. That includes managing the execution of professional engineering services which includes plan review, construction inspections, Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)/Infrastructure, traffic engineering management, project management, drainage utility, stormwater management, pavement management, and transportation.
“Steve has an in-depth understanding of all the various engineering divisions within the department and has a vision for innovative process improvements in order to improve the level of service to our customers,” said Jim Smith, the Assistant City Manager for Operations for the City of Edmond. “He has a proven track record with the City and we know that he will continue to play a vital role as Edmond grows in the future.”
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Lawrence has more than 28 years of professional experience and joined the City of Edmond in April 1999. Since then, he has served as project director for more than $600 million in capital improvement projects from conception to completion.
“We are excited to see Steve step into this role and are confident that his experience and knowledge – as well as his deep roots here in Edmond – will serve our community well,” said City Manager Scot Rigby. “We appreciate the external stakeholders and residents who took part in the process. Their input was very important in coming up with the right choice for this vital role.”
Lawrence will officially take over the Director of Engineering role on April 15.
Learn more about the City of Edmond Engineering Department at www.edmondok.gov/274/Engineering.