Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce his selection of Charles E. Traver as the Dutchess County Commissioner of Public Works. Mr. Traver, 56, is a lifelong resident of Dutchess County and resides in the Town of LaGrange with his wife Frances and family.
County Executive Steinhaus stated, “Mr. Traver has worked his way up through the Department of Public Works (DPW) and it is with great pleasure that I appoint him as our new DPW Commissioner. He has spent his entire career working to improve our community and help make Dutchess County a great place to live and work. I have every confidence Charlie Traver will continue to provide a high level of service and commitment to the residents of the county as he embarks on this new challenge.”
Mr. Traver is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill and Roosevelt High School. He has been in public service for more than 35 years with the Dutchess County Department of Public Works. He began his career in 1973 as a laborer in the Operations Division and has been promoted to a variety of positions, including Assistant Civil Engineer, until becoming the Director of Highway Construction & Maintenance Division for Dutchess County Department of Work in 1999. Mr. Traver has been serving and leading the organization as Acting Commissioner following the retirement of former Public Works Commissioner, Michael P. Murphy.
Mr. Traver said, “I am honored County Executive Steinhaus has selected me to be the Commissioner of Public Works. Having been born and raised in Dutchess County, I have always found it to be tremendously rewarding to help make our community a better place to live. I am humbled to be asked by County Executive Steinhaus to lead our great team of dedicated professionals in the Department of Public Works. I look forward to continuing to work with other County departments maintaining and improving our County’s assets, from our road network to our buildings, from our airport operations to our wonderful County park facilities for the benefit of our residents.”
The Commissioner of Public Works reports directly to the County Executive. He is responsible for planning and directing the operation of the Department of Public Works, which includes five divisions: Highway Operations, Engineering, Parks, Building & Facilities and Airport. Those five divisions encompass 395 miles of highways, 1.4 million square feet of county owned buildings, 6 County parks and the county government owned airport in the Town of Wappinger. He directs a staff of more than 200 employees. The Commissioner oversees an annual operating budget of $25 million and is responsible for the oversight of a $40 million Public Works Capital Improvement Plan, including the county’s $13 million annual highway and bridge improvement program.
As Acting Commissioner, Mr. Traver has successfully overseen several major capital projects including the completion of the Eastern Dutchess Government Center, improvements to Dutchess Stadium and the recent expansion of the 911 Emergency Operations Center.
Additionally, Mr. Traver will be responsible for moving forward with $8 million in “shovel ready” capital infrastructure projects to be funded through the federal stimulus plan.
A resolution confirming the appointment of Mr. Traver as Commissioner of Public Works is being forwarded to the Dutchess County Legislature for consideration at its April meeting.