Mayor Megan Barry announced today that Mark Sturtevant, currently serving as infrastructure director for the Mayor’s Office, will begin overseeing day-to-day operations at Metro Public Works while conducting an overall internal evaluation of the department on behalf of the administration. Mark Macy, who has served as interim director since September of 2015, will return to his role as chief engineer of MPW.
“I’m grateful to Mark Macy for his leadership at MPW over the last year and his continued service to the citizens of Davidson County,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “His expertise, experience, and deep understanding of the Public Works department itself have brought many significant and enduring infrastructure projects to fruition.”
In addition to management of Public Works, Sturtevant has been asked to undergo an assessment of the department, to include the possible need for organizational restructuring, consolidation of disciplines and functions, supported by staffing-levels consistent with industry best-practices — such as an exploration of whether Nashville should establish a city department of transportation, as has been recommended by both NashvilleNext and ULI Nashville’s recent Gear Up 2020 report.
“Nashville is undergoing some tremendous changes, with record levels of growth and a booming population,” said Mayor Barry. “We must ensure that Metro government is designed to meet the needs of a growing city – capable of serving the immediate needs of taxpayers while also putting in place the infrastructure and systems required to meet our goals around livability and sustainability. I am confident Mark Sturtevant is the right person to help lead this charge and turn ideas into reality.”
Mark Sturtevant came to Mayor Barry’s infrastructure team after serving as chief development officer for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, where he developed and planned for new transit projects, and helped launch a major update to MTA/RTA’s Strategic Master Plan (nMotion). He previously worked in lead project-management roles for the construction of major municipal landmarks such as the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, and NISSAN Stadium. He has over three decades of experience in both public and commercial development, and has also held prior roles with the Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency and the Metropolitan Historical Commission.
Sturtevant’s role as transitional interim director of Public Works begins today, August 8, 2016.