PUBLISHED: 5:59 PM on Wednesday, August 20, 2008
City hires new director of engineering
JUNEAU - Rorie Watt was hired last week as the new Director of Engineering for the City and Borough of Juneau. Watt will oversee approximately 30 employees in five divisions. He is currently the Deputy Director of Engineering and has served as Acting Director of Engineering since early June.

"I've worked closely with Rorie for many years and I know him a highly capable and dedicated public servant," said City Manager Rod Swope. "I am confident he will do an excellent for the City in his new capacity, as he has already done so while Acting Director. He already knows the department, he knows the people and the issues, and I look forward to our continued work together."

Rorie Watt began working for the CBJ Engineering Department in 1993 as a temporary seasonal inspector. Over the years with the department he has worked as a draftsman, project manager, Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Division supervisor, and Deputy Director. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and is a licensed civil engineer.

"I've always enjoyed managing City construction," Watt said. "It's very rewarding to help make ideas become realities. The major facilities make headlines but the water and sewer lines and new staircases and improvements to streets - they make impacts all over town. I look forward to working to improve the services that our Department provides and to continue to make a difference in the lives of my neighbors."