Doug Howard is the new Public Works director for Scarborough Courtesy photo

Scarborough has a new Public Works director, Doug Howard.

Howard worked for almost 20 years in South Portland in Public Works before being hired in Saco in a managerial position for another nine years. He returned to South Portland as director of Public Works for 10 years before being hired by Scarborough.

While in South Portland the first time around, he worked his way up through the crews, starting as a laborer, then a truck driver, equipment operator, foreman, and acting operations manager, according to the Scarborough town newsletter.

He was hired in Saco as the operations manager for their Public Works Department. In the years he was there, he also held the positions of fleet manager, collections systems manager, and asset manager, the newsletter stated.

The Public Works director is responsible for planning much of the town’s infrastructure such as traffic lights, drainage, roads, and more.

“I’ve been involved in Public Works for many years now and there was just a lot of exciting projects going on in Scarborough that really attracted me down here,” Howard said. “There is also a variety of locations in Scarborough where you have some rural areas and you have more of a downtown and business areas and the coastal areas as well, so you have a few different challenges, which was exciting for me.”


Howard has been working for Scarborough for about a month now.

“It’s been great,” he said. “I got a really great staff here at the Public Works Department and a good crew. It’s been extremely welcoming and there’s a lot of really good leadership in the town of Scarborough as well.”

“It’s been refreshing to be in Scarborough with some of the new challenges,” Howard said, “and exciting with everything going on in the town right now.”

“My biggest thing really is coming up with good solid work plans for each year,” he said. “And trying to serve the town as best we can.”

When not at work, Howard loves being in the outdoors, spending time at his camp where he can hike and fish and just kick back, according to the newsletter. He loves all New England and Boston sports teams, especially the Boston Bruins. Howard, who grew up locally, lives in Gorham with his wife Pam. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.

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