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Posted on: October 24, 2016

Keith Boc named DPS director

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Mayor Rick Sollars announced that Keith Boc has been named the City of Taylor’s Director of Public Services.
That position has been vacant since former DPS Director David Mackie left the post to take the city manager’s job in Hillsdale in May 2015. Boc will report to the Chief of Staff and oversee day to day operations in DPW, water, building, compost, ordinance and animal shelter.
“We are very fortunate to be able to hire someone of Keith’s caliber,” Mayor Sollars said. “Keith really has a lot of experience in the many facets of public services. He’s been a laborer, foreman, buildings inspector and DPW director. In addition, he’s been a part of many of the key regional boards in the area. He has great institutional and working knowledge of the region.”
He spent most of his career with the City of Belleville, where he started as a laborer and was quickly promoted to DPW foreman between 1986 to 1990. From 1991-2014 he served as Belleville’s DPS director overseeing all public works and building functions. In 2015, he was recruited out of retirement to serve as the City of Romulus’ assistant director of DPW.
Boc’s move to Romulus played a major part of Mayor Leroy Burcroff’s heavy push toward making customer service his administration’s top priority. The mayor merged DPW and building and safety into a single DPS department, and Boc’s previous experience in this work environment played a major role in the success of the merger. Robert McCraight, the current DPS director in Romulus, said at the time that Boc’s overall experience and ability to “hit the ground running” were key elements to Boc’s hire.
Mayor Sollars predicts good things on the horizon: “I really look forward to watching an experienced and successful DPS director like Keith enhance our departments. We in local government are in the customer service business, and Keith has had great success in that area and will implement successful and proven ways to improve the overall service we provide to our residents. Keith holds very important State of Michigan certifications, the S-1 Water Distribution Operator license as well as the Act 54 Certified Building Official, Plan Reviewer and Building Inspector licenses.”
Among the Romulus High School graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran’s career accomplishments include initiating and completing three city-wide sidewalk enhancement programs; installing city-wide water meters using new wireless software systems and reducing labor costs; establishing programs to clean and televise all sanitary sewers; and initiating water main replacement programs.
He’s also been a member of the following boards, commissions and organizations: Downriver Waste Water Authority; Joint Management Committee for the Downriver Sewage System; Huron Valley Area Code Officials; Downriver Association of Code Officials; Downriver Community Conference; Code Officials Conference of Michigan; American Water Works Association; American Public Works Association; and Downriver Technical Committee.
Boc’s first day is Tuesday, September 6.

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