Public Works and Engineering Department

The Public Works and Engineering Department is headed by James Gaertner, PE, CFM. Mr. Gaertner 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; Mr. Kip Dernovich who heads the Administration side of Public Works and Mr. Jim Lockart who oversees the Construction Department. 

Administration Department

This section of Public Works is headed by Kip Dernovich, Assistant Director of Public Works – Administration and Streets Department.  Mr. Dernovich has over twenty years of service in the public sector and has worked for the City of Dallas and the City of Ft. Worth. The Administration includes the Administrative Secretary and Clerk, the Project Liaison and The Streets Department. The Streets Department currently employs 25 workers headed by the Street Superintendent and Supervisor.

Construction Department

The Construction Department part of Public Works focuses on the inspection of utilities installation or 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 as well some City of Waxahachie projects.

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 PE, CFM and he supported by Macey Martinez, GE; graduate engineer.

Streets Department

The Streets Department are responsible for the maintenance and repair of city streets, signs, pavement markings, and drainage within the City’s Right of Way. The Streets department also have the opportunity to perform small road improvements like asphalt overlays or concrete panel improvements. It is our goal to provide quality services and infrastructure to help meet the needs of our unique and growing community.

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.

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