MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
HARTFORD, CONN. (Jan. 27, 2017) - Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that Marilynn Cruz-Aponte will retire from her service as Director of Public Works, effective March 10. Mayor Bronin appointed Ms. Cruz-Aponte as the Director of Public Works upon taking office last year.
“Marilynn’s expertise, commitment, creativity and dedication to the City of Hartford and to the DPW team will be deeply missed, and we wish her and her family the very best. Marilynn has led our Department of Public Works through a challenging time, overseeing a dramatic reduction in the workforce while at the same time making dramatic improvements in morale and performance. She has been a leader on environmental issues, has quarterbacked the overhaul of our snow plowing operation, has implemented new initiatives like the traffic signalization improvement program and the new blue light program, along with many others. Marilynn will be hard to replace, but I am confident that our DPW team will remain strong – in large part thanks to Marilynn’s tremendous work.”
Ms. Cruz-Aponte has been the first Latina to serve as Director of the Department of Public Works in Hartford and one of very few female DPW directors in the nation. Prior to Mayor Bronin’s nomination of Ms. Cruz-Aponte, she served as Deputy Director of Public Works. She has also held public works leadership positions in New Britain over the course of her career, specializing in solid waste, fleet and streets operations planning including policy, procedure and program development, review and implementation. Her earlier career was spent working for nearly ten years as an Environmental Aide to Connecticut Governor William A. O’Neill. She prepared and successfully advocated for the United States’ first mattress recycling law, and she drove the implementation of Hartford’s single-stream recycling program in 2008, which increased recycling by 111% that year and has resulted in waste disposal savings of more the $3.2 million over the past seven years.
“The role and responsibilities of the Director of Public Works requires every ounce of my energy and given my personal obligations, I've made the very difficult decision to take a step back and focus my attention on achieving a better work life balance. I thank Mayor Bronin and the Common Council for the opportunity to lead many noble and hard-working Public Works employees. Over the past year we have faced many challenges head-on and the Department is well prepared to continue its service to the City at a level of excellence," Marilynn Cruz-Aponte said. “It's been an honor to be a member of Mayor Bronin's cabinet and to promote his clear vision for a financially stable and vibrant Capital City.”