A City Hall veteran will serve as acting commissioner of a department that oversees snow removal, garbage collection and other key services.
Mayor Byron W. Brown named City Engineer Daniel E. Kreuz acting public works chief Friday. Kreuz will temporarily oversee Buffalo's third-largest department, succeeding Joseph N. Giambra, who retired this week after 13 years at the helm.
Kreuz has worked for the city since 1978 and has been city engineer for the past decade. He confirmed that he also has asked the mayor to consider him for permanent appointment to the job.
First Deputy Mayor Steven M. Casey said a number of applicants are interested in the $81,484 Cabinet post.
The commissioner of public works, parks and streets oversees a work force of about 800 employees. In addition to performing numerous high-profile tasks such as snowplowing and trash removal, the department oversees all city buildings, repairs streets and works closely with the company that runs Buffalo's water system.
Giambra, who turned 55 earlier this month, is retiring after 32 years of city service. But Giambra said he would like to return for a period as a part-time consultant, helping the city with efforts to obtain federal and state emergency reimbursements for costs it incurred during the October storm.