Mayor Jorge Elorza has appointed a U.S. Navy veteran as the city’s new director of public works. Elorza announced today that he has tapped Russell P. Knight, who has more than 30 years of operational and administrative experience in the Navy, to run a department that touches just about every Providence resident.
Knight served as vice-president for administration and operations at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, where he was in charge of more than 600 employees and a $95 million annual budget.
Knight is an engineer who holds bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a masters degree from the Naval War College.
Since retiring from the Navy in 2012, Knight has been a consultant for offshore oil drilling operations in North America. Before his service at the Naval War College, Knight was the chief executive officer for the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi.
DPW in Providence oversees construction and maintenance of highways, streets and bridges; snow removal, street cleaning, garbage collection and street lighting in the capital city.
``Mr. Knight’s over 30 years of operational and administrative experience in the U.S. Navy will be an incredible asset to Providence,’’ said Elorza. ``I am confident that with his caliber of leadership in the DPW we will provide better services to all of our residents.’’