Blue Springs City Administrator Eric Johnson announced today that Chris Sandie has been named the interim Public Works Department director.

Blue Springs City Administrator Eric Johnson announced today that Chris Sandie has been named the interim Public Works Department director. Sandie will work in an Interim role for the next six months because of the death of longtime Public Works Director Oliver DeGrate last month.

Sandie has over 28 years of public works experience with the city, having served as the assistant director since 2006.

“While saddened with the sudden loss of Oliver De Grate, we are very fortunate to have someone in our organization with the experience and knowledge to fill this critical role in our organization and community at this time,” Johnson said in a press release. "His extensive experience in all areas of public works operations, broad working knowledge of Blue Springs’ infrastructure, and long-standing commitment to the community make him the perfect fit to guide our department over the next few months.”

Sandie will have oversight of both the engineering and operations sections of the Public Works Department and will continue to serve as the city’s emergency management coordinator. Sandie has lived and worked in Blue Springs since 1973, and is a graduate of Blue Springs High School and the University of Central Missouri.