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Last Updated: 2019-04-02

DIRECTOR

Bobby Vincent, Jr. is the Public Works Director. His duties include overseeing the day-to-day operations for the department, which comprises Operations, Engineering & Technical Services, Special Capital Projects, Parking/Public Transportation/Shared Mobility, and Administrative Services. Mr. Vincent has been with the City of Richmond since 1992 working in the Departments of Public Works and Public Utilities. His past duties have included Deputy Director of Operations for Public Works, Preventive Maintenance Engineer, Project Manager, 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.

Jackie 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).

DEPUTY DIRECTORS

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, Special Fund and the Parking Enterprise Fund. Johnson’s duties include payroll, finance budgets, contract management, purchasing and all aspects of finance budgets as well as Fleet Maintenance and DPW Human Resources. Johnson has been with the City of Richmond since 2000. Ms. Johnson has worked in 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.

M. S. Khara, PE is the City Engineer (Deputy Director) overseeing the 'Engineering & Technical Services' Unit in the Department of Public Works. He is responsible for overseeing the management of the 'Transportation Engineering Division' 'Capital Projects Management Division' 'Right-of-way Management Division' 'Bridge and Structures Management Division' and 'GIS and Asset Management'. He is responsible for delivering a safe, efficient and effective multi-modal transportation system and implementing the Vision Zero initiative in the City of Richmond. Under his leadership, the Unit is managing and administering design and construction of roadways, bridges, streetscapes, signals and other special development projects funded through private, city, state and federal funds to assure on-time and within budget project delivery. Since 1985 Khara has garnered experience working with state, county and city governments. He has been working for the City since 1996. 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.

Lynne Lancaster is the Deputy Director of Parking & Mobility and is responsible for management of the Divisions of Parking, Public Transportation & Shared Mobility. 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 nearly three decades 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 Distinguished Service Award for her assistance to small and minority-owned businesses and is a member of the 2004 class of Leadership Metro Richmond.

Torrence Robinson is the Deputy Director of Operations. His portfolio includes Solid Waste, Urban Forestry, Grounds Maintenance, Street Cleaning and Roadway Maintenance. Mr. Robinson started with the City of Richmond in 1991 and has over 20 years of high level management experience. He previously served as the Residency Administrator for the VDOT Sandston Residency, where he was responsible for overseeing maintenance responsibilities in three counties. He also worked with Richmond’s Transportation Engineering Division for more than 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.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Sharon North serves as a Public Information Manager in the Communications and Media Group for the Operations Portfolio, specializing in communications 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 of 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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Customer Care Center: 3-1-1
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