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Roswell Public Works Director retires
by James Swift
jswift@neighbornewspapers.com
September 03, 2014 10:45 AM | 1429 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Roswell City Council honored Public Works Director Stu Moring last week, who retired after serving the city for 17 years.
The Roswell City Council honored Public Works Director Stu Moring last week, who retired after serving the city for 17 years.
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Stu Moring grew up in a civil engineering family. His father was in the field and it was the study of both his older brothers.

“Probably middle way through high school, I was oriented toward becoming a civil engineer,” Moring said. “By my senior year, I was pretty resolved.”

He grew up in Evanston, Ill. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he joined the Navy. In the Civil Engineer Corps, he worked on construction in Vietnam and Cuba.

“At the end of 1971, I got married to a Georgia girl,” he said. “When I finished my service in the Navy, I went back to graduate school at Georgia Tech.”

After earning two master’s degrees, he took a planning commission job in Kentucky. His wife’s mother became ill, and he relocated to Albany, Ga. He moved to Atlanta in 1990. He applied for a city of Roswell position in 1997 — an opening for transportation director.

“The city administrator had two finalists,” he recalled. “The other guy was not qualified for the public works job, but I was.”

At first, he said he wasn’t sure he would enjoy the position.

“But it’s probably been the best decision of my life,” Moring said. “I’ve been here ever since.”

During his tenure, he said the biggest departmental change has been the development of the city’s stormwater program. Another major development over the last 17 years, he said, was the creation of the Erosion Control Task Force.

“The idea of that was to engage people from every department who had a role to play,” he said. “That was an important aspect that took on prominence in our department … environmental programs have become a bigger focus of activity in the department, and for the city government as a whole.”

The unrealized projects he laments most are various proposals to improve South Atlanta Street.

“For all the time I have been here, there have been plans developed and discussions,” he said. “It’s disappointing that we haven’t been able to come together and agree on a plan … it’s a safety problem.”

The most impactful works in development now, he said, were the Holcomb Bridge Road/SR400 interchange and the Historic Gateway projects. For future public works project, he anticipates more public-private partnerships. The aspect of the job Moring will miss most, he said, were the “extraordinary people” he worked with — and for.

Having spent his entire career in heavy duty math and sciences, Moring said he now wants to “indulge” in the humanities. He also plans on doing volunteer work locally and abroad, with South America his likeliest international destination. His last week on the job, Moring was honored at a City Council meeting. The symbolic capstone to his career, Moring said, was quite the emotional experience.

“To be recognized there, in front of the community, that means a lot,” he said. “It’s bittersweet … but mostly sweet.”

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