Following an extensive search, the City of Amarillo continues to make progress in filling key positions. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Interim City Manager Terry Childers introduced the City’s new Public Works and Utilities division directors, Robert Patrick and Russell Grubbs, respectively.
Patrick last served as Assistant City Manager in Midland, Texas. His 20-plus years of experience includes fleet services, facilities, sanitation and landfill, utilities, capital project development and management, engineering and city management. A native of the Panhandle, Patrick has served communities throughout Texas.
He earned his BS Degree in Business Administration, is a Certified Public Manager, and holds a Class A Water Certification from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Patrick also served in leadership positions with several professional organizations including the Texas Municipal League, the Texas City Managers Association and the Panhandle Regional Municipal Solid Waste Advisory Committee.
As Director of the Public Works Division, Patrick will oversee Streets, Drainage, Fleet, Sanitation and Landfill, and Traffic Operations.
Grubbs served as the Water Utilities Manager for the City of Nacogdoches, Texas before coming to Amarillo last month. His nearly 30 years of experience spans water and wastewater treatment, capital project development and management, and public administration. A native of Texas, Grubbs has served communities throughout Central and East Texas. He served four years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst, earned a Master’s in Public Administration and holds both a Class A Water Operators License and a Class A Wastewater Operators License from TCEQ.
For several years, Grubbs has served as a volunteer with the TCEQ EnviroMentor program, providing operational and technical assistance to small water and wastewater systems to reduce the possibility of health and safety issues and regulatory fines or penalties.
As Director of the Utilities Division, Grubbs will oversee Water Production, Treatment and Transmission, Wastewater Collection and Treatment, and Environmental Lab.
“I am very pleased to add two very capable senior managers to our City of Amarillo management team,” Childers says. “Both Robert and Russell are highly experienced managers and will add to our strong group of leaders for the City.”