Alex Ameri appointed Director of Public Works & Utilities
City Manager Kelly McAdoo announced on Monday that Alex Ameri has been appointed Director of Hayward’s newly combined Public Works and Utilities & Environmental Services departments.
“In Alex, I know we have a leader who is capable of maintaining and improving our essential infrastructure and systems while helping us achieve our aspirations to be a fiscally and environmentally sustainable city,” McAdoo said in announcing appointment.
With an annual operating budget of $85 million, the new Public Works & Utilities Department has a total staff of 158 and is organized into six divisions: Administration, Engineering Services, Transportation Services, the Executive Airport, Utilities, and Environmental Services.
Ameri has served Hayward since 1989 when he joined the City as Development Services Engineer. In 1993, he was promoted to Deputy Director of Public Works for Utilities. In 2010, he was appointed Director of the then newly established Utilities & Environmental Services Department. Since January 2018, he has led Utilities & Environmental Services and Public Works as Acting Director.
Ameri has master’s degrees in civil and mechanical engineering, and is a registered professional engineer in California. He started his career in the private sector in New York and New Jersey working for a consulting engineering firm. He began his public service career with the City of Santa Barbara in the land development division of the Public Works Department before joining the Hayward team.