Public Works Team

Executive Team

Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell

Director of the Public Works

Jason Mitchell is the City of Oakland’s Director of Public Works as of July 2017. He possesses 15+ years progressive experience including operations, strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, resource management, administration and fiscal leadership. Jason is a highly experienced civil servant and is a long tenured City of Oakland employee. 
Jason is currently completing his doctoral degree in Organizational Development and Leadership at the University of San Francisco and is a graduate of the School of Management with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of San Francisco. Jason and his wife were born and raised in Oakland. Jason and his wife have three wonderful children and enjoys traveling, sports, reading and everything Oakland.

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Tom Morgan

Oakland Public Works Administrative Manager

Tom Morgan is Oakland Public Works Administrative Manager in the Bureau of Administration, responsible for managing the Human Resources, Fiscal Services, Business Information Systems, Safety, Training, Public Information, Call Center and Administrative functions for Oakland Public Works. He is responsible for a staff of 39 and a budget of $1.8 million. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. Tom has served in Oakland Public Works as the Fiscal Services Manager and the City Budget Office overseeing the Police Department, Fire Department and Department of Information Technology. He enjoys camping, golf, hockey, snowboarding, playing with the band and spending time with his family.

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Danny Lau

Assistant Director, Bureau of Design and Construction

Danny Lau, P.E. is Assistant Director of Public Works for the Bureau of Design & Construction and is responsible for oversite of the EPA Consent Decree, Sewer System Design, Private Sewer Lateral Program, Watershed and Clean Water Programs and Project Delivery of all Capital Improvement Projects and Construction Management for both OPW and DOT. Danny is a licensed Civil Engineer who joined the City in 1983 as an Assistant Engineer after he graduated from University of California, Berkeley with his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Over the years, Danny has successfully managed both the design and construction of numerous capital projects.  Danny is recognized for his exceptional problem-solving skills, integrity, technical expertise, and ability to mentor and motivate staff and in delivering capital projects on time and within budgets.

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Richard Battersby

Assistant Director, Bureau of Infrastructucture and Operation

Richard is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and has worked for the City of Oakland since 2014. He has over 25 years of logistics, maintenance, and operations experience working in various government organizations including the US Army, State of California, Contra Costa County, and University of California, Davis before joining the City as Manager of Equipment Services Division.

Richard started his career as a mechanic where he achieved over 40 Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications and was designated as a World Class Technician by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association. He is a National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) Certified Automotive Fleet Manager and American Public Works Association (APWA) Certified Public Fleet Professional. Richard has been recognized for outstanding achievements over the years. Most recently he was selected as BIO Employee of the Year for 2016 and in 2013 he received Public Fleet Manager of the Year awards from both Government Fleet Magazine and the American Public Works Association. He was also inducted into the Department of Energy Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Government Fleet Magazine Public Fleet Hall of Fame in 2014. 

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David Ferguson

Interim Assistant Director, Bureau of Facilities and Environment

David has over 32 years of experience in public service including but not limited to street and

sewer infrastructure maintenance, construction, and repair, airport and transit, parks and community services, and fleet maintenance. His career began in 1984 when he was hired by the City of Hayward as a Street Maintenance Worker. From that time David has served in various positions within the career ladder within the public works maintenance structure. In 1999 David became employed with the City of Oakland Public Works Agency where he served in a number or capacities including Assistant Director. In 2013, David left the City of Oakland to join the City of Tracy as the Public Works Director until 2015. After a short retirement, David went to work for Alameda County Public Works Agency where he served as Fleet Manager and Field Superintendent for one year.