City recognizes director’s accomplishments

Montgomery Mayor Jean Keogh presents Public Works-Utilities Director Dan DeRudder with a recognition plaque at DeRudder’s going-away party on Friday, Feb. 22. (Wade Young Photo)


Dan DeRudder, the City of Montgomery’s Public Works and Utilities Director, was recognized for his 15 years of service on Friday, Feb. 22. DeRudder’s last day with the city was Saturday. He has accepted a position in the Red Wing area.
At a going-away event at City Hall, Mayor Jean Keogh extended her gratitude, on behalf of the city, to DeRudder for all of his accomplishments during his 15-year tenure with the city. She also complimented him for the way he conducted himself to get his many jobs done.
“You have been very dedicated to the city,” Keogh said. “Every time you came to the city council wanting something, you always had solutions on how to pay for your request.”
The plaque the mayor presented summarized many of DeRudder’s accomplishments, including his work on the design and construction of the wastewater treatment and water treatment-filtration facilities, and the 500,000 gallon water tower. 
He was also recognized for the “exceptional idea” to create a septage dumping station at the wastewater treatment facility, which has, since August, 2008 generated more than $500,000 in revenues.
Keogh also noted that DeRudder spearheaded the creation of the Public Utilities Commission, as well as take on the dual roles of Utilities Director and Public Works Director. 
A humbled DeRudder simply stated, “I am very, very proud to have served you.”