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Last Updated: 2018-06-28


Bobby Vincent, Jr.,  Public Works Director

Bobby Vincent, Jr. is the Public Works Director. His duties include overseeing the day-to-day operations for the agency, which comprises Operations, Engineering and Technical Services, General Services and Administrative Services. Mr. Vincent has 20 years of experience working with the City of Richmond's Departments of Public Works and Public Utilities. His past duties have included Deputy Director of Operations for Public Works, Preventive Maintenance Engineer, Project Engineer, Program Manager, Operations Manager, and Chief of Construction and Inspections. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Virginia State University.

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Gail R. Johnson, Deputy Director II, Finance and Administration

Gail R. Johnson, is the department’s Deputy Director of Finance and Administration. She oversees DPW’s $61 million General Fund operating budget, the department’s Capital Budget, Internal Service Fund Budget and the Parking Enterprise Fund. Johnson’s duties include payroll, finance budgets, contract management, purchasing and all aspects of finance budgets. Johnson is returning to DPW from the Richmond Police Department where she served as the Program Manager overseeing budget, procurement, payroll, and grants management. She previously served as the Project Management Analyst for DPW with the oversight of payroll, and financial management. She also has worked in the City’s Finance Department and Public Utilities.

Jackie Howie,  CAP-OM, Executive Assistant to the Director

Ms. Howie manages the day-to-day operations of the DPW Executive Offices by monitoring/supervising customer service representative activities, providing administrative support to the Director (managing appoints, conference room calendars, correspondence, compiling reports, receiving/assigning/tracking customer escalated inquiries/complaints. Jackie also manages the departmental Recognition Program and is the Project Manager for the DPW’s Re-Accreditation Project through the American Public Works Association. She earned and maintains her Certified Administrative Professional – Office Management credentials through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

M. S. Khara, PE,  City Engineer

Mr. Khara is the City Engineer (Deputy Director) overseeing 'Engineering & Technical Services' Unit in DPW. He is responsible for overseeing the management of 'Transportation Engineering Division' 'Capital Projects Management Division' 'Right-of-way Management Division' 'Bridge & Structures Management Division' and 'GIS and Asset Management'. He is responsible for delivering safe, efficient and effective transportation system in the City of Richmond. Under his leadership, the unit is managing and administering design and construction of roadway, bridge and streetscape, signals and other special projects funded through city, state and federal funds to assure on-time & within budget project delivery. He also manages the Urban Construction Initiative for the City of Richmond. He has over 28 years of experience working with state, county and city governments. He has been working with the City for over 17 years. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.

Torrence Robinson,  Deputy Director of Operations

Torrence Robinson is the department’s Deputy Director of Operations. His portfolio includes Solid Waste, Urban Forestry, Grounds Maintenance, Street Cleaning and Roadway Maintenance. Mr. Robinson has over 20 years of high level management experience. He previously served as the Residency Administrator for VDOTs Sandston Residency where he was responsible for overseeing maintenance responsibilities in three counties. He also worked with Richmond’s Transportation Engineering Division for over 15 years, overseeing operations for the Signs, Signals, and Markings divisions. Mr. Robinson studied Engineering at Virginia State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bluefield College and an MBA from Strayer University.

Lynne Lancaster,  Interim Deputy Director of General Services

Lynne Lancaster is the Interim Deputy Director of General Services and is responsible for management of the Divisions of Parking, Fleet and Facility Maintenance. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. Since coming to Richmond in 1995, she was employed by the City of Richmond as an economic development professional for 12 years with over 25 years of experience in economic development. Before returning to the City in 2010, she was the Administrator for the Broad Street Community Development Authority, overseeing their parking operations and special assessment district. Ms. Lancaster is the recipient of the Metropolitan Business League’s 2003 Distinguish Service Award for her assistance to small and minority-owned businesses and a member of the 2004 class of Leadership Metro Richmond.

Sharon North,  Public Information Manager

Ms. North serves as the Public Information Manager for the Department of Public Works. In this capacity she is responsible for all internal and external communications; public relations; media relations; publicity; departmental newsletter and web content. She is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in print, broadcast and new media. She has worked at CNN in Atlanta, ABC in New York and in various local television markets. She came to DPW in August 2008 from a contract position as a Health Communications Specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Telecommunication from Youngstown State University and a Master of Arts in Mass Media Communication from the University of Akron.

Contact Information:

Dept of Public Works
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 704
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Customer Care Center: 3-1-1
or (804)646-7000


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