New Deputy Director of Maui Public Works

April 16, 2019, 4:04 PM HST · Updated April 17, 9:29 AM
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Steve Welling. Photo courtesy County of Maui

Mayor Michael Victorino announced today his selection of Steve Welling as deputy director of the Department of Public Works.

“Mr. Welling has an impressive amount of experience as an engineer working in heavy civil infrastructure,” Mayor Victorino said. “His strengths include construction management, team building and conflict resolution. I welcome him to our team and expect him to help deliver excellent service to our residents and visitors.”

Acting Department of Public Works Director Rowena Dagdag-Andaya said, “We are very excited to have Steve on board. His diverse set of skills in civil construction and project management will be an asset to our team, and I look forward to his assistance in advancing the mission and goals of the department.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Maui County. To my family and I, Maui is our home,” said Welling.

Welling is married and has nine children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years old.

Welling is working on completing a doctorate degree in civil and environmental engineering from Virginia Tech. Before joining Maui County, he was resident engineer with SSFM International Inc. on Oahu. Before moving to Hawaii, he was a vice president and senior project manager from July 2015 to January 2018 with Pryor Mountain Construction in Missoula, Montana; and he was project manager from August 2013 to July 2015 with EMA Services Inc. in Detroit, where he oversaw re-engineering of the Detroit Water and Sewer District’s asset management program.

While working in Honolulu, Welling was resident engineer for the Honolulu Rapid Transit Authority and oversaw a project to relocate 4.2 miles of underground and overhead utilities to make way for commuter rail. County officials say that project presented multiple challenges, including limited existing information, archaeological sites and high voltage work.

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