Mayor Rick Sollars has announced two key appointments in the Department of Public Services.
Craig Lyon was recently named director of the Department of Public Services, replacing Keith Boc, who retired. For Lyon, this will mark his second term of service with the City of Taylor.
Christopher Gibbs was named the new City engineer. Boc had been handling much of the engineering work in the City since former City Engineer Greg Mayhew left to take a position with the City of Wyandotte last year.
“We feel fortunate to add Craig and Chris to our team,” Mayor Rick Sollars said. “Both Keith Boc and Greg Mayhew did tremendous work in Taylor, and we are confident that Craig and Chris will do the same. We’ve done a lot of infrastructure work in the community over the past several years, and we’ve got a lot more scheduled. Their expertise will help us improve our community and provide a better quality of life for residents.”
Lyon comes back to Taylor after serving as director of Utilities and Municipal Services for the last decade in Pittsfield Charter Township, located outside Ann Arbor. Pittsfield is similar in size and population to Taylor, encompassing 28 square miles and 40,000 residents (Taylor is 24 square miles and has approximately 63,000 residents). Lyon supervised a 25-member staff and a $17.2M budget in Pittsfield.
Prior to serving in Pittfield, Lyon worked from 1999-2010 in Taylor, where he was the city engineer and added the title of director of the Water and Sewer Department from 2006-10.
Earlier, Lyon worked for Wade-Trim Associates as a staff engineer/client representative and an Engineer I from 1997-99. He also worked for Hennessey Engineers from 1992-97.
Lyon holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Lawrence Technological University and an Associate’s Degree in Science from Henry Ford Community College.
Gibbs, meanwhile, comes on board from the City of Trenton, where he was staff engineer from 2019-21, working in site design, infrastructure assessment and improvements. Prior to that, he worked as a construction engineer for the City of Dearborn (2013-19). Earlier, he held similar jobs in engineering and design for Hennessey Engineers, Jacob’s Engineering, S.S.O.E. Architects & Engineers, George Jerome & Company and Wade Trim.
Gibbs earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from Wayne State University.