First day for public works director

Public Works Director Alan Griffiths

Monday was the first day on the job for Kirksvilleâ??s new Public Works Director Alan Griffiths. Griffiths served as Senior Civil Engineer with the City of Redlands, California and Director of Public Works for the Department of Defense Base Operations Support contract with the U.S. Navy on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

He said he is looking forward to working for Kirksville and when it comes to making changes, he said he has no major changes planned. â??I donâ??t care how we did it in California or what I was used to, Iâ??m in Missouri now and I need to learn how they do it here before I bother making changes,â?? Griffiths said. â??If I see something I want to change, Iâ??ll evaluate it and talk with that supervisor before I do anything, because I need to learn from them how it's done here.â??

Griffiths says he's aware that he has big shoes to fill, but so far everyone has been very welcoming.