Vernon City Council members appoint Derek Wieske to serve as city’s public works director
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Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council today announced the appointment
of Derek Wieske to direct the city's Public Works, Water and Development Services
department. He currently serves as assistant city engineer for the Long Beach Public
Works Department. Mr. Wieske will assume his new position on February 22.
Mr. Wieske is a registered civil engineer with more than 25-years of professional
experience and management expertise in municipal capital projects, private
development review and city infrastructure improvements, such as roads, bridges and
drainage systems, as well as street maintenance, solid waste management, traffic
signal improvements and bike infrastructure.
Mr. Wieske will oversee four departmental divisions: Building, Planning, Public Works
and Water. Vernon's public works department offers a streamlined, 'one-stop' approach
to permitting new development. Developers may process permits and receive project
specific information on building and zoning codes, public rights-of-way and water
services at the public works department's City Hall counter.
Over the course of his professional career, Mr. Wieske has served as public works
director for the cities of Rancho Santa Margarita and Los Alamitos, deputy public works
director for Rialto, assistant city engineer for Laguna Beach, civil engineering associate
for Lake Forest and civil engineer for Orange.
Mr. Wieske has earned a master's degree in Business Administration and master's
degree in Science (Civil Engineering) from California State University, Long Beach. He
earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from University of California, Irvine.
He succeeds Samuel Kevin Wilson, Vernon's recently retired public works director.