Uvalde native is Houston’s first female public works director

Former Uvaldean Carol Ellinger Haddock is the new and first female director of the Houston public works and engineering department.

Haddock is the daughter of Linda and Russel Ellinger of Uvalde.

The department, with more than 3,900 trained employees and budget of $2.1 billion, is the largest of its kind in the United States with accreditation by the American Public Works Association.

“To head a department that is so essential to the basic services on which all Houstonians rely, the city needs a uniquely positioned public works chief who delivers customer-friendly results on an hour-to-hour basis while keeping an eye on a vision for an even better city in the future,” said Sylvester Turner, city of Houston mayor. “Carol Ellinger Haddock is that person.”

The department manages and plans the city’s infrastructure, including streets, traffic signals, drainage, distribution of water, treatment of wastewater and permitting of public and private construction. Haddock has worked in the city department since 2005 and has served as acting director since July.


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