Stanton Public Works Chief to Leave Post
He was instrumental in creating the Civic Center. The improvements made to the median along Beach Boulevard are also his doing--not to mention synchronizing the traffic signals on Katella Avenue and the development of a comprehensive capital improvements program.
But the city will soon have to find a replacement for Fred Wickman, the public works director who announced he will retire Sept. 11 to take a job with an engineering consulting firm in Anaheim.
The city will also have to find a new city engineer, for Wickman wore two hats.
“I have enjoyed my years of employment,” Wickman said. “The city has given me the opportunity to be involved with a wide variety of projects that have been beneficial to my professional growth.”
Wickman has worked for the city since November, 1989, and was appointed public works director and city engineer in 1991. He is responsible for reviewing the particulars of all private development and public works projects and is also in charge of maintaining all city infrastructure and facilities.
City Manager Greg Hulsizer said he will miss Wickman and his work.
“He has been a valuable member of our team,” Hulsizer said. “His practical approach to development and maintenance issues have left a positive mark on the community. We wish him the very best in his new position.”
The city will hire an interim public works director and city engineer. Recruitment for a permanent replacement will begin in the next couple months.
Wickman will work for Willdan Associates, an engineering consulting firm that provides engineering services to public agencies.