Savannah City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney has appointed City Development Services Director Peter Shonka to the new position of Assistant City Manager for Utilities and Construction.
In this capacity, he will coordinate all constructionrelated activities in the City of Savannah, and supervise the Bureau Chiefs overseeing the bureaus of Sanitation, Water Resources and Public Works, totaling more than 450 employees in all. The appointment is effective October 31.
“Mr. Shonka has proven himself to be more than capable of handling responsibilities and oversight of complex projects in the past, and I am confident he is well equipped to handle the challenges that come with this important new position,” Small-Toney said. “Peter has earned my confidence, as well as the confidence of the senior executives of the City, the business community, and members of Council.”
This is one of two newly reorganized Assistant City Manager positions Ms. Small-Toney outlined during a presentation this summer on organizational changes made to increase efficiencies and advance achievement of City Council priorities.
This position, as well as a yet-to-be-hired Assistant City Manager for Administrative and Community Services, will allow better coordination between the City Manager’s Office and the Bureaus, and will be critical factors in how well we respond to our citizens and ensure expectations are followed through.
Mr. Shonka’s background as a civil engineer will prove invaluable as the City embarks on several major construction projects in the near future, including the President Street roadway project, new drainage projects, the cultural arts center and new police facilities.
As Director of Development Services, Mr. Shonka currently oversees roughly 50 employees responsible for permitting, inspections, engineering, design and construction, and zoning services.
He has been employed for the City for 11 years, previously working as Stormwater Management Director and City Engineer. Prior to working for the City of Savannah, Mr. Shonka was employed in Jacksonville as an engineer for Golder Associates.
He has a Forestry Management Degree from Clemson University, a Civil Engineering Degree from North Carolina State University, and Master of Civil Engineering Degree from North Carolina State.