By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR — After more than a year vacancy, the city named Keith Boc its director of Public Services.
The position has been vacant since May 2015 when former Director David Mackie resigned to take a city manager job in Hillsdale.
Boc, who began his new job Sept. 6, will oversee the daily operations in the Department of Public Works divisions, such as water, building, compost, ordinance and the animal shelter.
“We are very fortunate to be able to hire someone of Keith’s caliber,” Mayor Rick 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.”
Boc spent most of his career with the city of Belleville, where he started as a laborer and was promoted to DPW foreman from 1986 to 1990. From 1991 to 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 reportedly played a major part in Mayor Leroy Burcroff’s making customers service his administration’s top priority. Burcroff later merged DPW and Building and Safety into a single DPS department. Burcroff said Boc’s experience played a major role in the success of the merger.
Sollars is predicting good things in the future with Boc on staff.
“I really look forward to watching an experienced and successful DPS director like Keith enhance our departments,” Sollars said. “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.”
Boc, an Air Force veteran and Romulus High School graduate, also holds several state certifications, including plan reviewer and building inspector licenses, certified building official and others.
Sollars said Boc’s career accomplishments include a citywide sidewalk enhancement program, installing city wide water meters using wireless software systems and reducing labor costs, establishing programs to clean and televise all sanitary sewers and initiating water replacement programs.
Boc also has served and currently serves on various boards, commissions and organizations Downriver.
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)