The first female Dutchess County Department of Public Works Commissioner finished up her first week on the job Friday. YNN's Michael Howard was able to sit down with Noel Knille.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Meet the new Dutchess County Department of Public Work’s Commissioner, Noel Knille.
“It’s been a wonderful week that I’ve been working here so far,” said Knille.
As well as a busy one. She finished up her first week on the job Friday as she oversees 185 employees in the Department of Public Works 5 Divisions, with an operating budget of nearly $24 million.
“My plans right know, since I’m so new, are to listen, look around and just learn from everybody I can speak with,” said Knille.
Knille was selected out of more than 200 candidates and is the first female DPW Commissioner in Dutchess County, replacing Charles Traver, who retired in July of last year. Knille says it’s like a coming home to her.
The Vassar college graduate’s work throughout the years has brought her across the nation and across the world t Qatar and Australia.
“Having worked internationally, I come with a lot of varied perspectives,” she said. “Like to look at different ways to approach issues and projects.”
Her staff will oversee repair of county buildings, parks, bridges and roads and is also responsible for the oversight of design and construction of all the county’s capital improvement projects. She says she is looking forward to do all that she can for the taxpayers.