|Exec John Brown (left) with Public Works pick Richard Young|
Young, Allentown's current Director of Public Works, is a PE with 39 years of experience. In Allentown, he has 11 years of experience, serving as City Engineer, and most recently, as Director of Public Works. He has also worked for several respected engineering firms in the private sector, including Pennoni Associates, Huth Engineering, Keystone Engineering and Boucher and James.
His appearance comes one day after Hayden Phillips' Capital Projects Committee uncovered a maze of Public Works challenges, some of which present public safety concerns.
The soft-spoken engineer is a product of Allentown's East Side, where he is well-respected by local activists Dennis Pearson and Lou Hershman. Pearson credits Young, at least in part, for a new fire station at the corner of N. Irving and E Green in Allentown.
Brown has proposed hiring Young with a salary of $95,921, with the potential for increases going up to $124,975.
Though Young will replace current Director of Public Works Steve DeSalva, Brown has requested him to stay on board in a recognition that the County needs more than one professional engineer.DeSalva, like Young, is a professional engineer and is known for 60-hour work weeks.
|Young meets Capital Projects Chair Hayden Phillips|