Search Press Releases

Press Release Archive

Press Releases

  |   Views: 8825
  |   Categories: Public Works Press Releases

City of Lee’s Summit Announces New Public Works Director

City of Lee’s Summit Announces New Public Works Director

The City of Lee’s Summit is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Park as director of public works effective May 29. Park has shared interim director duties since June 2020. He replaces Dena Mezger who retired in August 2020 after 20 years with the City.

Over the past 15 years, Park has served as the city traffic engineer and senior staff engineer. Prior to joining the City of Lee’s Summit, Park spent five years in the private sector as a traffic/transportation engineer for Bucher, Willis & Ratliff (BWR) Corporation.

As public works director, Park will oversee five divisions, 100 employees and a $19 million operational budget. Park will provide leadership and strategic planning in the design and construction of the City’s infrastructure, and the operation and maintenance of the City’s stormwater systems and traffic control network.

“As our community moves into the future, it is important we continue building our strengths to match the needs created by continued growth while protecting the quality of life currently offered to our citizens,” said City Manager Stephen Arbo. “The director of public works is a critical player in balancing these demands with rather limited resources. Michael has the leadership traits and knowledge base to support our organization in this way.”

“During his 15 years as the city traffic engineer, he has found solutions to allow growth to continue while minimizing the impact to our traveling public,” said Arbo. “Michael has also served as an organizational leader through his service on committees and task forces to address broader needs for the City of Lee's Summit. I have been impressed with his drive towards continual improvement and ability to communicate to our employees, citizens and elected officials. We are looking forward to seeing his contribution to our Management Team and his leadership of the Public Works Department.”

Park is recognized for his expertise in traffic engineering, operations and transportation planning. He has planned, scoped, designed and managed projects and programs in scale that spans neighborhood traffic calming to the U.S. Highway 50/Route 291 South Interchange Project and the Blackwell Road/U.S. Highway 50 Interchange Project. Park has led major funding grants and cost share applications resulting in more than $30 million in federal funding and state cost shares for the City of Lee’s Summit. His leadership was critical in the adoption of various long-range plans and policies; such as Livable Streets, Bicycle Transportation Plan, Transit, ADA Transition Plan for Public Right of Way, Thoroughfare Master Plan and Downtown Parking.

“Our Public Works Department has an outstanding workforce that shares our community values and support for each other in the delivery of many diverse programs and services,” said Michael Park. “I’m honored to be alongside so many good and talented people.  I am very proud of what the organization has done in the past and I look forward to this opportunity to lead our continued improvement.  I would like to thank Mr. Arbo and his Management Team for their confidence in my selection.  I would also like to thank our entire team at Public Works for their example, dedication, hard work and care throughout the last year.” 

Park is a licensed professional engineer and a registered professional traffic operations engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri. He formerly served as chair of the Transportation Professional Certification Board and represents the City on numerous Mid-America Regional Council committees.

Print

Latest Press Releases

Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15 “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape”
Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15 “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape”

Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15 “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape”

The Lee’s Summit Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week TM (FPW), October 9-15, 2022. This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape TM”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.   Today’s...
Kitchen Fire Causes Significant Damage
Kitchen Fire Causes Significant Damage

Kitchen Fire Causes Significant Damage

On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 4:56 p.m., the Lee's Summit Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the 2600 Block of NW Bent Tree Circle. The occupant called 911 and reported a fire in the kitchen. When the fire department arrived, light smoke was visible from a two-story, single-family residence. The occupant was safe outside. Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire involving the kitchen. A check of the remainder of the house confirmed...
City Hosts RecycleFEST on Oct. 22 at Maintenance Facility
City Hosts RecycleFEST on Oct. 22 at Maintenance Facility

City Hosts RecycleFEST on Oct. 22 at Maintenance Facility

The City of Lee’s Summit is hosting its free RecycleFEST on Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the City’s Maintenance Facility, 1971 SE Hamblen Road. RecycleFEST offers Lee’s Summit residents an opportunity to dispose of a variety of items in an environmentally friendly manner for free. According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), 66% of Americans will not recycle a product if it’s not easy or inconvenient to do so....
Lee’s Summit Testing ALL Outdoor Warning Systems on Wednesday, September 28
Lee’s Summit Testing ALL Outdoor Warning Systems on Wednesday, September 28

Lee’s Summit Testing ALL Outdoor Warning Systems on Wednesday, September 28

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO— On Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00 AM., the City of Lee's Summit will test ALL Outdoor Warning Sirens and the Voice Message System to evaluate recent upgrades, weather permitting.

The City will test the system again next week on the regularly scheduled first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM, weather permitting.

Lee’s Summit Blood Drive October 3 to Address Shortage
Lee’s Summit Blood Drive October 3 to Address Shortage

Lee’s Summit Blood Drive October 3 to Address Shortage

The City of Lee’s Summit, in partnership with the Community Blood Center, will host a blood drive on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gamber Community Center, 4 SE Independence Ave. The Community Blood Center needs donations, especially type O, Rh negative and platelet donors. The Community Blood Center says now more than ever is the time to donate. The COVID-19 outbreak is still impacting the blood supply needed to support the health agencies within our...
135Last