STATE COLLEGE, PA, January 9, 2017 – State College Borough Manager Tom Fountaine announced the appointment of Deborah Hoag to become the Director of Public Works for the Borough of State College as of February 21, 2017. Deborah comes to the position with a breadth of public works experience, most recently as the Utilities Division Manager for the City of Reading.
In this position, she will be responsible for the Borough’s Public Works Department which includes managing the Public Works Administration and Engineering, Facilities, Streets, Fleet Services, Shade Trees and Parks, Refuse, Sanitary Sewer and Stormwater Management divisions as well as staffing the Borough’s Transportation Commission and Tree Commission. Deborah will be taking over the position from Charles Jones, who has been serving as the Interim Director of Public Works since July 2016.
Over the past twenty years, Deborah has held a broad range of public works positions and responsibilities, demonstrating a variety of skills. Deborah served as Assistant Township Engineer for the Township of Spring and as Public Works Superintendent and Wastewater Treatment Superintendent for the Borough of Adamstown.
During her time with the City of Reading, her role and responsibilities adapted to fit the needs of the community. She oversaw capital projects, implemented computerized maintenance management systems, developed a comprehensive sewer rehabilitation plan and managed the operation and compliance of the wastewater and stormwater collection systems.
At the same time, she served on a county-wide MS4 steering committee that was praised by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) as a good example of a cooperative approach to stormwater management. Previous responsibilities also included the daily management, operation and maintenance of a 28.5 MGD regional wastewater treatment plant with a PA-DEP accredited laboratory.
Deborah brings to the position a passion for the environment. Prior to this appointment, Deborah served in the position of City Environmentalist, acting as technical liaison to the Mayor, City Council and Departments for all aspects of environmental matters. Recent projects include maintenance of city-owned dams and surrounding park property, rain barrel education and implementation of natural conservation ordinances.
She earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in Environmental Protection and Safety Management from Saint Joseph University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, PA. She holds a Pennsylvania Professional Engineer License and her professional affiliations include the American Public Works Association and the Pennsylvania Water Environmental Association.
Borough Manager Tom Fountaine said that the appointment of Deborah Hoag as the new Director of Public Works came after a nationwide search performed by Affion Public, an executive search firm, that drew a wide range of applicants for the job. Fountaine added that “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Hoag as the Borough’s new Director of Public Works. She will bring a wealth of managerial experience and new ideas to State College. As we continue the work of improving the Borough’s public works community services and infrastructure, Ms. Hoag will continue in a tradition of strong professional Public Works management in State College.”