The assistant director position is a new one for Public Works – approved during the last budget process. For Daniel Prendergast, it’s a dream job and one that fuels his passion to work closely with City departments and our residents. From now through March, he’ll split his time between his new duties and his old job as Engineering CIP Manager.
With a degree in biology from Texas A&M, Daniel worked for some time as a pediatric liver disease researcher. “But working in a lab (mostly alone), I was missing the people-component. That’s why I love working for Plano – the people. We’re big on customer service here,” he said. He later earned another degree, but this time in civil engineering from University of Texas Arlington.
Right now Daniel is learning how the department works. As assistant public works director, his responsibilities include day-to-day operations of all divisions:
There are several new initiatives Daniel is excited to start working on once he transitions full-time to his new office: upgrading the department’s technology (i.e. the backflow prevention software) and expanding the current Cartegraph System used by field workers to manage assets and workload. Another big project involves replacing all of Plano’s outdated lighted-street signs with newer LED-lit signs (see image to the right).
Although born in Peoria, Illinois, Daniel’s family moved to Texas when he was 3 years old. He and wife Sara have two beautiful children – Clark who turns 5 on January 23 and Kate who’s 2 ½. He’s an amateur musician and loved to play soccer until a knee injury forced him to hang up his jersey.
Public Works Director Gerald Cosgrove is pleased Daniel on his team, “We are happy to have Dan join the Public Works department. He has done an excellent job for Engineering. We're looking forward to Dan helping us improve Public Works' operation.” Clay Lipscomb was promoted to the Engineering CIP Manager position.