Deborah LaBreche has been named to the vacant position of city engineer, Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco said.
LaBreche has served as the assistant city engineer for over 18 years, and fills a position that has been vacant since Tim Wales was suspended from the position a year ago. Wales was later terminated through a disciplinary proceeding, and recently sued the city to get his job back.
LeBreche is the first woman to fill the role. She will manage the city’s seven-person engineering department, advise the Department of Public Works on technical engineering matters, and provide oversight of the city’s infrastructure.
“Deb had all the qualities and diversified experience you would want in a city engineer. She’s an extremely hard worker and likes collaborating with colleagues to complete projects with a focus on the details,” Scirocco said. “She’s extremely qualified and has brought many years of great value to the public with the projects she’s worked on.”
Over the last 18 years, LeBreche has managed many upgrades to city-owned buildings and spearheaded a number of historic restoration projects on city landmarks, including the award-winning historic preservation work at the Spirit of Life statue in Congress Park, the Canfield Casino, the City Hall front steps, and the Katrina Trask Gateway. She has also managed upgrades to the city’s infrastructure, including utilities, LED street lighting, traffic improvements, and landfill upgrades.
LeBreche holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Massachustts, Amherst. Before joining the city, she worked for the Saratoga County Department of Public Works and local engineering firms M.J. Engineering and Clough Harbour & Associates, and for ERB Engineering in California.
“I love this community; no matter where you go people know Saratoga Springs and I’m proud to play a part in making this City such a special place,” LaBreche said.