County Executive Barry Glassman has named Joseph J. Siemek as Harford County’s director of Public Works effective June 20, 2016. Mr. Siemek is an award-winning professional engineer with 35 years of management and consulting experience in public works projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Locally, he was KCI Technologies’ project director for Harford County’s broadband project known as the Harford Area Metro Network (HMAN). He is a 20-year resident of Harford County.
Mr. Siemek’s comprehensive experience includes management and engineering for multi-million dollar projects involving water, sewer, storm water management, highways, solid waste, construction management, telecommunications and environmental services. Major clients have included Anne Arundel and Howard counties, Baltimore City, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and the U.S. Department of Defense. His recognitions include the 2014 Honor Award for Innovative Excellence in Engineering Design from the American Council of Engineering Companies Maryland (ACEC).
Mr. Siemek’s recent experience includes twelve years at the national engineering, consulting and construction firm KCI Technologies, Inc. His responsibilities included leadership positions in public utilities design and construction business units. Leading diverse technical teams, he directed program management, technical production, and financial management for utility engineering, and construction services for communications, fiber optic, electric, conduit and gas system facilities.
Mr. Siemek earned his master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in environmental engineering. Mr. Siemek is a licensed professional engineer in Maryland and Virginia, and has authored and presented technical programs at national, regional and local conferences. He lives in Bel Air with his wife Beth and their three children, Adam, Garrett and Hailey.
“Joe Siemek’s wealth of experience with a broad spectrum of public works projects will make him an asset to my administration,” said County Executive Glassman. “I am pleased to have found such expertise in a Harford County resident who shares our commitment to the community.”
The county Department of Public Works plans, constructs and maintains infrastructure to deliver a transportation network, water, wastewater, solid waste management services, and public facilities to enhance the quality of life in Harford County.
In accordance with the county charter, Mr. Siemek will serve in an acting capacity until his appointment is confirmed by the County Council.