The City of Lubbock named a new director of public works this week to replace retiring director Keith Smith.

Lubbock native Wood Franklin will assume the duties on March 27 which include oversight of water, sewer, storm water, street maintenance and traffic systems.

Deputy City Manager Quincy White said in a press release he believes Franklin is an exceptional replacement to the already exemplary Smith.

“This is a rare opportunity for the city to have an outgoing director be able to work together with his replacement and share valuable knowledge and information,” said White.

Franklin earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Texas Tech, is a past vice president of the Water Environment Association of Texas and is the current 2nd vice president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, according to the city.

Franklin began working for the city in 1999 and previously served as city engineer.