Public Works Director Rob Sproule | Provided by The Village of Oak Park

Rob Sproule is now Oak Park’s official public works director. Sproule has been serving in the position in an interim capacity since the village’s previous public works director, John Wielebnicki, retired June 24.

Sproule has spent eight years working for the Village of Oak Park’s public works department. Prior to Wielebnicki’s retirement, Sproule worked under him as assistant public works director, a position Sproule held in addition to being Oak Park’s forestry superintendent.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to continue leading the great team that makes up the Public Works Department,” Sproule said in a news release. “Oak Park is a dynamic community with engaged residents who take pride in their surroundings. I’m committed to providing the high-quality services that residents have come to expect and look forward to tackling the challenges ahead as we work to maintain Oak Park’s public infrastructure in sustainable and cost-effective ways.”

Wednesday Journal has reached out to Sproule for comment.

Sproule is one of 77 public works officials in the United States and Canada to have earned designation as a Certified Public Works Professional through the American Public Works Association. He is the ninth in the Chicago area to receive the distinction.

The certification is issued to individuals in the public works field, recognizing them as having the knowledge and experience to manage public works organizations.

He is a board-certified master arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture and has a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Maine. Sproule also serves as the chairperson of the Illinois Urban and Community Forestry Committee and is also a member of the Illinois Forestry Development Council, as well as the Chicago Region Trees Initiative Executive Advisory Council.

The public works department is responsible for maintaining Oak Park’s public infrastructure, including 103 miles of village-owned streets and 105 miles of water mains. The department also handles urban forestry, waste management and recycling, as well as traffic signal and streetlight upkeep.

“With Rob Sproule I am confident we will have a steady, experienced hand at the helm of the Public Works Department,” Village Manager Kevin Jackson said in the news release.

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