I have been employed with the City of Allentown for 24 years. During my 24 years of employment with the city, I have served and dedicated myself to numerous roles. I started as a Maintenance Worker and gradually elevated into different levels within the union and management positions within the Streets Department. These various roles include Streets Superintendent and Deputy Director of Public Works (2019). During 2019, I have taken charge of all operations and direction for all Public Works Departments such as Streets, Stormwater, Engineering, Fleet, Building Maintenance, Compliance, Recycling & Solid Waste, Traffic Planning, and Technical Services. I have most recently taken on the role of Director of Public Works in 2022.
I worked for the city for almost 33 years. I started as a custodian while I was in college and worked in many different departments (Building Maintenance, Park Maintenance, Recycling, Streets and back to Park Maintenance) before moving into leadership. I started in Park Maintenance as a supervisor then went to Risk Management as a Claims Coordinator then on to Streets as Chief Maintenance Supervisor in charge of Fleet. I then moved on to DCED as a Project Manager and now back where it started in Building Maintenance as Facilities Manager. I have served on several Boards and committees as a bargain unit employee as well as a manager.
Traffic Control Superintendent
Nelson Varughese began working with the City of Allentown as the Traffic Control Superintendent since June 2013. His previous work includes experiences in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the City, Nelson held the position of Traffic Control Specialist at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for 13 years and was a Senior Project Engineer/Manager in an engineering Consulting firm, also for 13 years.
As a citizen of this great nation and a Traffic Control Superintendent for this celebrated City Nelson’s goal is to provide Safety for citizens and visitors driving, bicycling, or walking the City streets. He finds it a great privilege and honor to be a part of the City of Allentown and the City’s Public Works Team.
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