FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07/09/2020
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Blake D. Lukis, Experienced Public Works Professional,
Appointed as New Director of Framingham Department of Public Works
Framingham – Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer is delighted to announce that she has appointed Blake D. Lukis, a 15-year licensed water and wastewater professional and former Framingham Department of Public Works (DPW) Deputy Director, as the new Director of the City’s DPW. Lukis has served as Acting Director since March 2020.
As Deputy Director, he was responsible for the oversight, administration, and operations of Water and Wastewater, Administration and Finance, Fleet and Facilities, Engineering and Transportation, Highway and Solid Waste, Lighting, and Signals Programs within DPW.
In 2014, he was hired to oversee Framingham’s Water and Wastewater Departments in DPW. In that role, he was directly responsible for the operation and maintenance of the departments to ensure safe drinking water for residential and commercial uses, as well as fire suppression, and the collection and transport of wastewater to the MWRA in conformance with applicable federal and state regulations.
“When we began our search for the new DPW Director, I knew we had big shoes to fill,” said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer. “I’ve long admired Blake’s leadership skills and observed the respect he’s earned from his team and peers. During the last few months through the pandemic, I have witnessed firsthand how he manages in a crisis, which confirmed that he is the right person for this job.”
“To carry on DPW’s outstanding work and service in Framingham is an honor,” said Blake D. Lukis. “I look forward to working alongside Mayor Spicer and the men and women of the City to build upon excellence.”
Lukis has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology and graduated with a certificate in Local Government and Management from Suffolk University. As well, he is a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Officer; holds Massachusetts State Drinking Water Supply Facilities Licenses: D4 and T2; and OSHA safety certification.
This appointment is subject to review and approval by the City Council under Article II, Section 10 of the Charter and while the appointment will be a 3-year term, the effective dates are dependent upon when the City Council takes action and will be set forth in a formal appointment document in the near future.