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Mayor Cantrell Names Acting Director, Acting Chief of Staff for Department of Public Works

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today announced the decision to name Josh Hartley, P.E. as the City’s Acting Director for the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Cheryn Robles, APR as the Acting Chief of Staff for DPW, effective immediately.

Hartley is a licensed professional engineer who earned a Bachelor of Science with concentration in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has been with DPW for more than eight years and managed upwards of 100 projects from various levels of design through construction. Most recently, Hartley served as the Deputy Director of Operations for DPW, where he oversaw Roadway & Drainage Maintenance, Traffic Signal & Sign Maintenance, Right-of-Way Permitting, Parking/Booting Operations and Towing Operations.

Cheryn Robles earned her Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master’s degree with concentration in Environmental Management from Duke University. Robles has been with DPW for nine years, most recently as the Environmental Affairs Administrator, where she stood up the environmental division. She currently is leading the feasibility analysis for redeveloping Lincoln Beach. Previously, Robles served as the Outreach Manager for DPW, where she spearheaded internal and external communications.

“Mr. Hartley has served New Orleans and the Department of Public Works in several capacities, and I am grateful for his willingness to serve in this acting, vital leadership position at City Hall,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “There is an extraordinary amount of work underway across the city, and much more coming down the pipeline. The accountability of these programs remains a critical responsibility for the City as we are managing local, state, and federal funds — in most cases with overlapping regulations that must be followed. I am confident that, together, Josh and Cheryn can lead this work and DPW effectively.”

The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works is composed of five divisions with more than 200 employees and responsible for maintaining approximately 1,547 miles of streets and 149 bridges in New Orleans. This system includes 72,000 catch basins and approximately 8,200,000 linear feet of drainage lines.

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