WSB hires new director of Rochester operations

Rochester, Minn. – Engineering and consulting firm WSB today announced that Chris Petree is joining the organization as the director of Rochester operations. As the former public works director for the City of Rochester, Petree joins the firm with more than two decades of experience working for municipalities.

“I am thrilled to welcome Chris to our firm. For several years, he has partnered with WSB on many projects and I am confident that he will help drive momentum for WSB,” said Bret Weiss, WSB’s President & CEO. “Chris is known for his leadership and commitment to the public works industry. I look forward to introducing him to our clients and the entire WSB team.”

In his previous role with the City of Rochester, Petree was responsible for the supervision, management, planning and coordination of all activities of the Rochester Public Works department, from transit and land development to wastewater and stormwater management, as well as the oversight of 160 employees and a multi-million-dollar annual operating budget. Petree also previously served as public works director for the cities of Lakeville and Hugo.

“We are so fortunate to have Chris join our municipal team here at WSB,” said Monica Heil, WSB’s senior director of Municipal Services. “His strong connection to the community and extensive experience working with cities across a variety of services make him an invaluable addition to our operations.”

As part of WSB’s municipal team, Petree will lead operations and projects in Rochester, oversee the firm’s work in southeast Minnesota, and support clients across all offices by sharing best practices around project management, quality control and client engagement. As a consulting engineering firm, WSB often works with municipal clients on projects ranging from public engagement plans to road improvements.

“I’ve worked alongside WSB for over 20 years and I am thrilled to be joining their team,” said Petree. “I look forward to delivering for our clients in the Rochester area and supporting our efforts across the country.” 

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