Juneau: Denise Koch To Serve as Next CBJ Engineering and Public Works Director
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~ The City and Borough of Juneau is pleased to announce that Denise Koch will serve as the next Director of Engineering and Public Works. Koch succeeds outgoing director Katie Koester, who assumes the role of City Manager this month.

Koch was previously CBJ Deputy Director of Engineering and Public Works, a position she has held since May 2021. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Koester expressed her enthusiasm for Koch's appointment, noting her devotion to public service and her wealth of knowledge and expertise. "Denise is a champion for our community," said Koester. "I'm excited to be able to continue working with Denise as she takes on this important role, and grateful to leave the department in good hands."

Koch also expressed her excitement for the new role, emphasizing the importance of the department's work in providing essential services to Juneau residents. "Engineering & Public Works is a diverse department filled with talented staff who do work that is critical to residents' everyday lives—but that is sometimes invisible," said Koch. "In over twenty years living in this community I've seen firsthand just what an important role this department plays, and I look forward to working with the Assembly, staff, and the public to keep moving Juneau forward."

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Prior to joining CBJ, Koch spent several years with the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, including six years at director level as Director of Air Quality and Director of Spill Prevention and Response. She also supervised CBJ Utility, Capital Transit, and waste programs during her time as Deputy Director. Additionally, she served in CBJ's Emergency Operations Center for both the COVID pandemic and recent Mendenhall River flood event; she is also a member of the EPA Small Community Advisory Subcommittee where she represents CBJ and small Alaskan communities.

Koch holds an M.S. in Public Health from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia; these qualifications make her well-suited for her new role as Director of Engineering & Public Works for Juneau's City & Borough government.

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