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Kerry Reed Joins the Town of Hopkinton as New Director of Public Works

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Town Seal

Town Manager Norman Khumalo is pleased to announce that the Town of Hopkinton has welcomed Kerry Reed as the new Director of Public Works.

Reed began in the role today after being appointed to the position at the July 11 Select Board meeting.

As the Director of Public Works, Reed will oversee and direct all administrative, leadership and managerial activities of the department, as well as strategic planning and development of the annual operating and capital budgets. She also will oversee all plans for the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, cleaning, and repair of the town’s critical infrastructure relating to roadway, sidewalk, traffic systems, water and sewer utilities, motor vehicle equipment, and storm drainage systems.

Reed has more than 20 years of leadership and technical experience, with about the last 10 years spent in municipal engineering for Massachusetts communities.

Reed comes to the Town of Hopkinton from the City of Worcester, where she served as Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Public Works and Parks (DPW&P) since 2022. In this role, she oversaw and directed all activities, staff and equipment of the DPW&P's Engineering Department. She was also responsible for the annual capital improvement program for the City's public infrastructure.

From 2014 to 2021, Reed worked as Senior Engineer for the City of Framingham Department of Public Works, and as Assistant City Engineer from 2021-2022. She provided support for long-term planning and prepared department budgets, was responsible for capital improvement projects and inspection programs, drafted policy and ordinances, and more.

Prior to her municipal work, Reed was a Senior Engineer with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc., and an Engineer Officer with the U.S. Army. During her time with the U.S. Army, she was awarded an Army Achievement Medal for project management for Base Realignment and Closure.

Reed has served in several professional leadership roles, including as an appointed member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association's Public Works, Transportation, and Public Utilities Policy Committee; on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship; as Co-Chair of the Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition, and more. She also recently served on the Hopkinton Conservation Commission.

Reed holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from the U.S. Military Academy. She also holds a Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management through the Massachusetts Municipal Association-Suffolk Program.

“Kerry comes to the Town of Hopkinton with significant experience in directing and overseeing work for highway, water, sewer and environmental projects," Town Manager Khumalo said. "We are pleased to welcome her and look forward to seeing her excel in this position."