PHILADELPHIA– Mayor Kenney today named Michael Carroll as Deputy Managing Director for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS) and announced other appointments within oTIS.
Michael Carroll is currently the Acting Commissioner for the Philadelphia Department of Streets. He is a registered traffic engineer with a quarter-century experience in transportation planning, policy and multi-modal analysis. Carroll has served as the Director of Engineering and Special Projects, charged with coordinating and overseeing aspects of transportation policy among the Mayor’s Office, Streets Department and other city agencies. In addition, Carroll has taught graduate courses as an adjunct professor at Temple University.
As Deputy Managing Director for oTIS, Carroll will oversee the Streets Department, the Philadelphia Water Department and the newly-created Office of Complete Streets. He succeeds Clarena Tolson, who resigned last Fall to become Executive Director of the Parking Authority.
“It’s a great pleasure to have Mike Carroll in this crucial position,” said Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, from the nuts-and-bolts operations of crucial city services like Streets and Water, to the long-range vision needed for effective transportation planning. It’s a rare combination and we’re fortunate to have him in this role.”
Mayor Kenney also announced the following appointments:
Christopher Puchalsky as Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for oTIS. Puchalsky has served for the past decade as a division director for transportation planning at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. In that role, he has overseen four separate transportation offices, including the Office of Corridor Planning and the Office of Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning. In this new role, Puchalsky will lead the development of transportation policy and assist in driving broad strategic initiatives to meet current goals and changes in infrastructure and use. He will work closely with partner agencies and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to address the city’s transportation needs.
Carlton Williams as Commissioner of the Department of Streets. With more than 15 years in government, Williams presently serves as the Deputy Commissioner for Sanitation. His tenure in Streets included leadership in the department’s curbside recycling program, during which the recycling diversion rate jumped from 6% to nearly 20%. He also oversaw the installation of solar powered trash compactors (Big Bellies), developed a recycling rewards program (Recyclebank) that provides incentives for residents to recycle even more, implemented a new handheld computer system for Sanitation Officers (SWEEP) to issue code enforcement notices, and coordinated the annual Philly Spring Clean Up involving thousands of volunteers. In 2012, Carlton was named the first recipient of the Richardson Dilworth Award for Public Service.
Richard Montanez as Deputy Streets Commissioner for Transportation. Montanez is currently Chief Traffic and Street Lighting Engineer. In that role he administers the City’s traffic engineering and maintenance programs, and coordinates the activities of traffic units responsible for facilitating the flow of traffic along the City’s streets. He has overseen transportation for special events in Philadelphia, such as the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal visit, and the 2016 Democratic National Convention. As head of the Transportation Division, Montanez will be tasked with maintaining, operating and improving approximately 2,000 miles of local roads, 2,500 traffic signals, 280 bridges and over 100,000 street lights in the City of Philadelphia.
Keith Warren as Deputy Streets Commissioner for Sanitation. A native Philadelphia and product of the public school system, Warren started with the Streets Department in 1994 after serving in the Army, working his way up from a position of laborer to his current post of Sanitation Operation Administrator. During his tenure in Streets, Warren has been instrumental in the Recyclebank program, the expansion of the Streets and Walkways Education and Enforcement Program, the Philly Spring Cleanup, and operations for special events such as the annual Broad Street Run and the 2015 Papal Visit.