Public Works Assistant Director Operations, David Himes Retires After 40 Years
A celebration was held last week at LP Field in honor of Public Works Assistant Director- Operations, David Himes retirement from Metro Government.
During his 40 year career, David had many accomplishments. Among them was leading the reorganization of the Public Works Roads and Waste divisions, constructing a department warehouse and implementing a combined material management system for department. Under David’s leadership, Metro Public Works was the first Public Works department in the state to use liquid brine and the first to implement a roadway response program and field hazardous materials team.
David’s efforts led Metro Public Works to be recognized as a national leader in debris management and response. Because of this distinction, Metro Public Works was one of only a hand full of local Public Works departments in the nation called upon to respond to Hurricane Katrina.
David was an integral member in many public works related committees. These include:
- 3 terms on the APWA Emergency Management Technical Committee
- APWA Education Technical Committee
- Served and Co-Chaired FEMA Public Works working Group
- DHS Emergency Services Sector Working Group
- Served as liaison for APWA to FEMA
- Appointed by Homeland Security Secretary to serve on National Preparedness Task Force
In addition to Public Works employees and others David has worked with through the years, also among those attending were Mayor Karl Dean, Deputy Mayor Greg Hinote, Metro Finance Director, Rich Riebeling, Metro Fire Chief Billy Lynch, Metro Parks and Recreation Director Tommy Lynch, Public Works Director Randy Lovett.
At the celebration, toasts were made by Mayor Dean, Fire Chief, Billy Lynch, Public Works Director, Randy Lovett, Metro Beautification Executive Director, Veronica Frazier, Mickey Sullivan, Eddie Anderson, Peter Heidenreich, Phillip Jones, and several others. Mark Macy presented David with a TCAPWA proclamation for his leadership and contributions to APWA and TCAPWA.
During his 40 year career, David served 5 Mayors and 7 Public Works Directors and additionally displayed his dedication as a public servant through his volunteer community involvement. David served on the Board of Directors of Una Recreation Center Inc. for 25 years, the Board of Directors of the Mid-State Youth Football League for 20 years, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mid-State Youth Football League, and coached youth football for 29 years.
The LP field celebration was organized by Jennifer Ogden, President and CEO of Civic Information and Technology, Inc., along with a team of David’s co-workers and friends.
David will be missed by all who have had the opportunity to know and work with him.
“In his almost 40 years with Metro Public Works he has always been there for this city during emergencies and helping to provide a better quality of life for Nashville and our visitors”Mayor Dean said, “Whether a snow storm, tornado or the historic flood of 2010,David was at the helm of emergency operations to help restore our great city. He is the perfect example that action speaks louder than words. He has an uncanny ability to assess a situation and know how to fix it. He conducted his work with great professionalism, great leadership.”