The City of Wheat Ridge welcomes Maria D’Andrea, P.E. as New Public Works Director. “Maria is hard-working, self-driven, and focused. Her years of experience working in public service is a great asset to the City of Wheat Ridge and to the Public Works Department. We are happy to have her onboard,” said City of Wheat Ridge Manager Patrick Goff. Prior to Wheat Ridge, Maria served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Englewood, Colorado for more than four years. As the director, she oversaw six Divisions including engineering, capital project delivery, streets, traffic engineering and operations, fleet services, facilities maintenance, and stormwater. Prior to Englewood, D’Andrea served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Commerce City and the Assistant Director of Public Works for the town of Castle Rock, CO. Both communities are two of the fastest growing cities in Colorado, giving her significant experience with development standards and the associated infrastructure. Prior to working in Colorado, D’Andrea was the City Engineer for St. Louis Park, Minnesota and Robbinsdale, Minnesota, where she focused on infrastructure management, capital project delivery and multi-modal planning, and implementation. Throughout these positions, she’s worked on numerous high-profile transportation and drainage projects from planning to construction; often serving as the project manager with the goal of delivering high quality, on time and on budget projects. Maria has been a professional engineer for more than 26 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She received her Executive MBA program from the University of Denver in August 2020. This has given her a lot of opportunity to expand her leadership skills and put them into practice on the job.
About Wheat Ridge
The City of Wheat Ridge offers a mix of retail/commercial businesses and unique residential neighborhoods with easy access to the Denver metropolitan area. The community of nine square miles is located immediately west of Denver with a population of 33,000 residents. This home rule city was incorporated in 1969, however, its rich heritage extends back to the 1800s.