The City of Plano announced Monday that Daniel Prendergast has been named the new director of the public works department. He replaces Gerald Cosgrove, who had led the department since 2011. He passed away unexpectedly in August while visiting New York to attend a Bruce Springsteen concert.
Prendergast joined the Plano city staff in 2015 as the community investment program engineering manager. He became assistant director of public works in 2018. During his time in that role, he was credited with creating and implementing Plano’s first citywide pavement management program in 2019. He also helped create the city’s first proactive street pothole repair program, which city officials say led to faster repair response times and the repair of 3,600 potholes in three months.
In a press release announcing his promotion, Prendergast was called a “passionate public servant with successful leadership experience related to people, projects and program management.” The official statement went on to laud him for a proven record of increasing productivity, reducing costs and improving customer service on municipal construction projects.