The Town of Christiansburg has promoted Mike Kelley to director of engineering.
Kelley, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, began his new position on Thursday, July 1.
Kelley was hired by the town in September 2019 as assistant director. Prior to that, Kelley was the public works director for four years for Santa Fe County, N.M., served 11 years at the City of Winter Garden, Fla., as assistant operations director, assistant city engineer, and stormwater engineer. Before joining the public sector, Kelley worked for private consulting engineers Lochrane Engineering, Inc., and Haworth, Meyer & Boleyn, Inc.
Originally from West Virginia, Kelley received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He has remained committed to continuing his professional education throughout his career, receiving professional engineer licenses in Virginia, Florida, New Mexico, and West Virginia.
“I am excited to continue my career with the Town of Christiansburg and take on this new role,” Kelley said. “I enjoy working in this community every day, and I look forward to using the experiences that I have obtained through the years to better serve our residents.”
Town Manager Randy Wingfield said about the new engineering director, “Mike has impressed me on a regular basis. He has a very diverse skill set, and I believe his team will prosper under his leadership. Our residents will be well served.”
Kelley is taking over for Wayne Nelson, who retired in June after nearly 25 years of service.
“Mike comes to us with experience and compassion that will serve our community well. He is supported by a dedicated and professional staff that will help him take this department to new levels,” Nelson said.