Public Works and Engineering Department

Public Works and Engineering Department

The Public Works and Engineering Department is headed by James Gaertner, P.E., C.F.M. Mr. Gaertner has over 20 years in service to the public sector. He leads the department with the goal to provide quality services and infrastructure to help meet the needs of our unique and growing community. He is supported by his Assistant Directors; Ms. Chelsey Gordon who heads the Administration and Street Department side of Public Works and Mr. Jim Lockart, P.E., C.F.M. who oversees the Construction Department. 

Administration Department

This section of Public Works is headed by Ms. Chelsey Gordon, Assistant Director of Public Works – Administration and Street Department.  Ms. Gordon received her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas. She has numerous years of service in the public sector that began in the City of Overland in Kansas. She directly supervises the Administrative Secretary and Administrative Clerk, as well as the Street Department Superintendent.

Construction Department

The Construction Department part of Public Works focuses on the inspection of utilities infrastructure installation and ADA compliant sidewalk and road installation at new subdivisions or private development. Mr. Jim Lockart; PE, is the Assistant Director of Public Works – Construction Department. He has over 20 years of expertise that includes working for the City of Richardson. He is supported by a Chief Inspector and 3 inspectors that oversee construction for the private developments and sub-divisions.  

Engineering Department

The Engineering Department is committed to resident focus and good stewardship of the City’s resources. Some services they provide are Development Review, Floodplain Management and Capital Improvement Projects review and planning. The department is headed by the City Engineer; Mr. James Gaertner P.E., C.F.M. and he is supported by Macey Martinez, E.I.T.; graduate engineer.

Street Department

The Street Department are responsible for the maintenance and repair of City streets, signs, pavement markings, street sweeper, and drainage within the City’s Right of Way. They also maintain the City’s Right of Way and easements with daily mowing and vegetation control. The department also provide traffic control for special City events and festivals. The Street department also have the opportunity to perform small road improvements like asphalt overlays or concrete panel improvements. Matt Massey is the Superintendent of the department and supervises about 30 employees.


Try Our New Citizen Self Service(CSS) Portal!

As we are encouraging citizens to conduct city business remotely through online and telephone communication, all online convenience fees associated with the use of our Citizen Self Service Portal are currently being waived. Thank you for helping do our part together to keep our community safe! 


The City has a new online portal for electronic plan review and permits. 

To enhance customer experience for submitting plans and obtaining permits some of the key features include the ability to: 

  • Submit Applications and Payments Electronically
  • Schedule Inspections Online
  • Track the Status of Permits in Real Time
  • Submit Plans and Receive Comments Electronically 


Use the Link below to access the online portal. 
https://waxahachietx-energovpub.tylerhost.net/Apps/SelfService#/home

CSS Portal Resource Materials:
Citizen Self Service(CSS) Portal Flyer
CSS Portal FAQs
CSS Email Validation