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Two assistant directors start at city

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Two assistant directors started today at the city of Springfield’s Environmental Services Department.

Wade Drossel and Ron Petering take on the duties of Errin Kemper, who earlier this year was promoted to the top role to succeed the retiring Steve Meyer, according to a news release.

Drossel comes to the city department from Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, where he was a transmission design engineer for nearly six years. Petering returns to the public sector after nearly 30 years with Kansas City engineering and construction firm Shafer, Kline & Warren Inc.

“Environmental Services collectively has a lot of ideas on how we can best provide services to our community while protecting our environment. These two gentlemen are going to greatly increase our capacity to do just that,” Kemper said in the release.

One of the largest city departments, Environmental Services during the past five years entered a 10-year, $200 million sanitary sewer overflow control plan and grew its staff by 34 percent to 184 employees, according to the release.

“It has expanded to meet the demands of evolving environmental regulations and significant community investments, all while continuing to offer a variety of vital services to the Springfield region,” Kemper added.

The department operates the city's sanitary sewer system, wastewater treatment plants, solid waste management and recycling, air quality and sustainability efforts, and environmental integrated planning.


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