Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oklahoma City hires new MAPS chief, David Todd, OU Civil Engineering Alumnus

Published: December 24, 2011
Oklahoma City has hired David Todd, the owner of a local engineering firm and a former city employee, to be the new leader of its MAPS office and the point man for the MAPS 3 projects.

Todd, who recently sold Todd Engineering Inc., so he can take the new position with the city, replaces Eric Wenger, who was promoted to be the city's Public Works Director in August.

Todd said the opportunity to contribute to public works projects that are designed to end up as signature elements of a growing Oklahoma City was what attracted him to the position.

“I was raised here in Oklahoma City. I really care about what's happening in Oklahoma City, and I want to be a part of it,” Todd said. “It's a really exciting time.”

Todd graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He is on the board of directors of the South Oklahoma City Chamber, is a member of several engineering societies and has participated in other local civic groups.

He worked for the city from 1989 to 1994 in the Public Works Department and oversaw the division that inspects, maintains and builds bridges. He did some contractor work for the city while he owned his own firm.

Todd said he hopes his background in civil engineering will be a strength when it comes to many of the MAPS 3 projects.

“MAPS 3, with the exception of the convention center, is very heavily civil-related with the river improvements, the park and those sorts of things,” he said. “I think that's a good fit for me.”

Todd starts his new job Jan. 3. Wenger will work with him to help the transition.

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