Brookhaven gets new public works director

 Hari Karikaran

Brookhaven has a new man in charge of its public works department.

 Hari Karikaran took over as department head April 3. Lowe Engineers, the private contractor that operates Brookhaven’s Public Works department, hired Karikaran to manage the day-to-day operations.

 “The city of Brookhaven’s Public Works Department is really kicking into high gear under the stewardship of Lowe Engineers,” Brookhaven City Manager Christian Sigman said. “With a record year of road and sidewalk projects ahead of us, I am confident that Hari Karikaran has the knowledge and expertise to manage these projects on time and on budget.”

 Karikaran is no stranger to DeKalb County. He has held multiple positions in DeKalb County government since 2006, including associate director of development, director of engineering services and director of facilities management where he managed county capital construction and maintenance of DeKalb’s 274 buildings in addition to county real estate transactions.

 Karikaran previously served as deputy director of public works for Charleston County, S.C. and senior civil engineer at the Savannah Water and Sewer Bureau.

 Karikaran has a master of science in environmental and water resources engineering degree and a master of environmental resources management degree from University of South Carolina. He obtained his bachelor of science in civil engineering from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

 Richard Meehan, who had been serving as city’s public works director since the incorporation of Brookhaven, will remain with Lowe Engineers and available to assist in a smooth transition, according to the city.

 

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