New leaders in Public Works and Police Department announced in Reading

In a double announcement Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Eddie Moran unveiled new leadership in two city departments. The first announcement highlighted the appointment of Kyle Zeiber as the new Director of Public Works.

Mayor Moran expressed his confidence in Zeiber, emphasizing his extensive experience within the city’s public works department. Notably, Zeiber’s commitment during his interim role showcased his dedication to the community. “I cannot thank him enough for taking on this vital role in city government and my administration” said Morán.

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The mayor also acknowledged the removal of the licensed engineer requirement, allowing Zeiber to step into the role seamlessly.

In his response, Zeiber thanked Mayor Moran, the managing director Bill Heim, city council members, and the entire public works department for their support. He conveyed his enthusiasm for building upon the department’s existing legacy and striving for continuous improvement.

The second major announcement was the selection of Chief Elias Vazquez to lead the Reading Police Department. Mayor Moran emphasized the rigorous selection process that considered both internal and external candidates, with Chief Vazquez emerging as the most qualified individual.

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Chief Vazquez, a seasoned law enforcement professional with an impressive 35-year career, expressed gratitude for the mayor’s confidence in his abilities. He thanked various city officials, including the managing director, HR director, and city council members. Chief Vazquez also recognized the existing police staff, promising to work collaboratively to enhance community safety.

The chief outlined his vision, focusing on organizational excellence, community engagement, and data-driven crime-fighting strategies. He emphasized the importance of building relationships within the community and pledged transparency and accountability in policing. “I look forward to improving what we do to serve the community through organizational excellence” he said.

Mayor Moran and Chief Vazquez both highlighted the collaborative efforts needed to ensure the city’s safety and well-being. With these appointments, the City of Reading anticipates positive transformations in public works and law enforcement, ushering in a new era of progress and community engagement.

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