May 14, 2010

Mayor Daley Names New Commissioners For Departments Of Transportation And Water Management

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Mayor Richard M. Daley today named Thomas Powers as commissioner of the City’s Department of Water Management and Bobby L. Ware as commissioner of the Department of Transportation.

“Since I have been Mayor, our goal has been to streamline the system, avoid duplication, reduce our costs -- particularly in the areas of overhead and administration -- and support our residents with high-quality services,” Daley said.

“I have made it clear to the new commissioners that during these challenging times, we all need to work together to provide the services our people need, but in a way that our taxpayers can afford,” he said.

The new cabinet members named today are:

Thomas Powers, 42, Commissioner, Department of Water Management. Powers has served as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Transportation since 2009 and before that was First Deputy Commissioner of CDOT from 2005- 09.

Before he became Acting Commissioner at CDOT, Powers was responsible, as First Deputy, for the overall management and productivity of the department’s nearly 1,000 employees. At one time, he directly managed the CDOT Division of Engineering, which handles all large-scale construction projects including roadways, bridges and transit stations.

He worked for CDOT for 14 years in addition to having more than 15 years of experience in the private sector in the construction and engineering industries.

“Tom Powers is a strong, hands-on manager who has a proven track record for increasing efficiency within CDOT,” Daley said.

Bobby L. Ware, 47, Commissioner, Department of Transportation.

Ware has worked for CDOT since 2004, first as Managing Deputy Commissioner of Infrastructure and since 2007 as Managing Deputy Commissioner.

As Managing Deputy Commissioner, he had oversight responsibility for Administration, Budget, Capital Planning, Community Outreach, Finance, Legal Affairs, Personnel, Procurement and Project Development. He was also responsible for development and implementation of accountability and productivity measures within the Department.

Ware practiced law and served as managing member for two law firms from 1994-2004. He also has nine years of private sector experience in the marketing field.

“Bobby Ware has broad management experience in both the public and private sectors, which makes him the right person to lead CDOT in these tough economic times,” Daley said.

“The challenge of operating with lower revenues but increasing demand for services is not a short-term one. And as we always have, we will continue to look for ways to improve managing government and delivering services to our residents,” he said.

(Biographies attached)


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THOMAS H. POWERS, P.E.
COMMISSIONER
CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF WATER MANAGEMENT


Thomas H. Powers was named Commissioner of the Department of Water Management by Mayor Richard M. Daley on May 14, 2010.

Since June, 2009, Powers had served as Acting Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation and was CDOT First Deputy Commissioner from 2005-09.

Before he became Acting Commissioner at CDOT, Powers was responsible for the overall management and productivity of the department’s nearly 1,000 employees. At one time, he directly managed the CDOT Division of Engineering, which handles all large-scale construction projects including roadways, bridges and transit stations.

Additionally, Powers managed CDOT’s in-house construction forces, numbering more than 800 and representing more than 18 trade unions. These employees perform pavement and sidewalk repair, bridge repair and maintenance, and sign and pavement marking installation and maintenance. Powers also oversaw construction scheduling, estimating, documentation and productivity analysis.

Powers served CDOT for 14 years, working as First Deputy Commissioner, Chief Engineer and Manager of Bridge Operations. Among the large-scale projects he worked on are the Kinzie Bridge reconstruction and the $250 million reconstruction of the Chicago Skyway.

Powers earned a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois.


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BOBBY L. WARE, J.D.
COMMISSIONER
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION



Bobby L. Ware was appointed Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) by Mayor Richard M. Daley on May 14, 2010.

Ware has worked for CDOT since 2004, first as Managing Deputy Commissioner of Infrastructure and since 2007 as Managing Deputy Commissioner.

As Managing Deputy Commissioner, he had oversight responsibility for Administration, Budget, Capital Planning, Community Outreach, Finance, Legal Affairs, Personnel, Procurement and Project Development. He was also responsible for development and implementation of accountability and productivity measures within the Department.

Ware practiced law and served as managing member for two law firms from 1994-2004.

He also has nine years of private sector experience in the marketing field.

Ware holds a B.A. degree from Michigan State University and a J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and Cook County Bar Association. He served as president of the West Chatham Improvement Association and was a member of the board of directors for Chicago Mutual Housing Network.


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