Meet the Staff

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    Public Works Director

    Dennis Schmidt, P.E.

    Dennis Schmidt manages and coordinates the completion of Public Works Department and Council goals through the management team. Mr. Schmidt provides organizational leadership to three divisions in the department: Administrative Services, Engineering, and Operations. Directing the Public Works Department includes overseeing the management of the City’s infrastructure, environmental programs, recycling services, parking enforcement, yard waste collection, customer service, and the City’s fleet of vehicles. Mr. Schmidt holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from the

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    Dennis Schmidt manages and coordinates the completion of Public Works Department and Council goals through the management team. Mr. Schmidt provides organizational leadership to three divisions in the department: Administrative Services, Engineering, and Operations. Directing the Public Works Department includes overseeing the management of the City’s infrastructure, environmental programs, recycling services, parking enforcement, yard waste collection, customer service, and the City’s fleet of vehicles.

    Mr. Schmidt holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois in Civil Engineering.

    In addition to his responsibilities for City Council, City staff, and citizens, he is also the City’s liaison with other governmental units such as the City of Urbana, University of Illinois, Village of Savoy, Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District, and the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network.

    Mr. Schmidt has more than 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. He has served as Champaign’s Public Works Director since 2004. Prior to that he was the Executive Director for the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District, and prior to that Assistant City Engineer for the Environmental Section of the Champaign Public Works Engineering Division.

    He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois, and is a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, American Public Works Association, and Water Environment Federation.

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    City Engineer

    Dave Clark, P.E.

    Dave Clark manages the Engineering Division in the Public Works Department which includes development, transportation, and environmental services. As a member of the Public Works Department Management Team, he assists the Director in planning projects, setting department goals, evaluating work and departmental effectiveness, and communicating with City Council, staff, and

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    Dave Clark manages the Engineering Division in the Public Works Department which includes development, transportation, and environmental services. As a member of the Public Works Department Management Team, he assists the Director in planning projects, setting department goals, evaluating work and departmental effectiveness, and communicating with City Council, staff, and the public.

    Mr. Clark has been with the City of Champaign since 1994. Prior to his promotion to City Engineer, he served as Assistant City Engineer for the Transportation Section, and prior to that he served in the roles of Civil Engineer I, II, and III.

    Mr. Clark holds both a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    He is a member of the American Public Works Association and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

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      Operations Manager

      Cory Conrad

      Cory Conrad manages the Operations Division of Public Works and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the work of the Operations Division, which includes the following work units: concrete, sewer, asphalt, streets, forestry, fleet, traffic and lighting, and building services. He is a member of the Public Works Department

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      Cory Conrad manages the Operations Division of Public Works and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the work of the Operations Division, which includes the following work units: concrete, sewer, asphalt, streets, forestry, fleet, traffic and lighting, and building services. He is a member of the Public Works Department Management Team, assisting the Public Works Director in planning projects, setting department goals, evaluating work and department effectiveness, and communicating with City Council, staff, and the public.

      Mr. Conrad is responsible for the implementation of the City’s Snow and Ice control plan, yard waste collection program, and emergency storm response plan for the Operations Division of Public Works.

      Mr. Conrad has been with the City of Champaign since 2012. He is a member of the American Public Works Association. Mr. Conrad received his B.A. from Bradley University in Peoria , IL

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        Administrative Services Manager & Public Information Officer

        Kris Koester

        Kris Koester manages the Administrative Services Division of the Public Works Department, which includes Parking Programs, Administrative Services (Finance, Customer Service, Administrative Support), and Solid Waste/Recycling Collection. He also serves as the Public Information Officer for the department, acting as a liaison to the public and keeping the public up-to-date

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        Kris Koester manages the Administrative Services Division of the Public Works Department, which includes Parking Programs, Administrative Services (Finance, Customer Service, Administrative Support), and Solid Waste/Recycling Collection. He also serves as the Public Information Officer for the department, acting as a liaison to the public and keeping the public up-to-date on the response to weather-related events, construction activities, and other newsworthy items. As a member of the Public Works Department Management Team, he assists the Director in planning projects, setting department goals, evaluating work and departmental effectiveness, and communicating with City Council, staff, and the public.

        In addition, Kris is the LGBTQ Liaison for the City of Champaign. In this role, he provides an informed voice to the City Manager on LGBTQ issues in the Champaign community. Kris also works with the City’s Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights to develop community and employee events, along with participating in community-wide events like the Champaign-Urbana Pride Fest and Parade. Kris also works collaboratively with the Human Relations Commission and other City staff to promote equity and human rights for the LGBTQ community.

        Kris has been with the City of Champaign since 2012. Prior to his promotion to Administrative Services Manager, he served as Administrative Services Supervisor – Customer Service in the Public Works Department.

        Kris holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, along with a Bachelor Degree in International Resource and Consumer Economics, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

        He is a member of the American Public Works Association, Association for Community Organization and Social Administration, and Network for Social Work Management.

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Public Works Department

Contact Us

Public Works Department

702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign IL, 61820

217-403-4700

271-403-4755 (fax)

publicworks@champaignil.gov