News Release -- Mayor Warren Appoints Holly Barrett as First Female City Engineer


City of Rochester

News Release



(Thursday, April 11, 2019) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren has appointed Holly E. Barrett, P.E. as the City of Rochester’s first female City Engineer. Ms Barrett will oversee the Bureau of Architecture and Engineering.

“The City of Rochester is experiencing a time of growth and investment and Holly Barrett brings us a wealth of experience to help us on our mission to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities,” Mayor Warren said. “I am proud to enable more women to move into leadership positions and show girls across our city that they can achieve anything they set their mind to.” 

Holly was born and raised in the city of Rochester. She began working in the engineering field in 1989 in the private sector as a drafting technician in the specialty of structures. Holly graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997 with a degree in engineering and joined the City of Rochester in 2009 as a Structural Engineer. In this role she served as project manager for the Erie-Lackawanna Rails-to-Trails pedestrian bridge and the Promenade at Erie Harbor feasibility study and preliminary design, among others.

She was eventually promoted to Assistant City Engineer, overseeing the Architectural Division, housed within the Department of Environmental Services. In this role she worked on a number of ROC the Riverway initiatives, including the Rundel Library North Terrace, upgrades to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center and Blue Cross Arena and Charles Carroll Plaza. As City Engineer, she will manage public improvement projects throughout the city.

“I would like to thank Mayor Warren and Commissioner Norman Jones for having the confidence in me to lead the Bureau of Architecture and Engineering and the opportunity to lay the foundation of our built environment for future generations,” Barrett said. “As we embark on numerous ambitious projects, including ROC the Riverway and the new police section offices, I look forward to being a part of the positive change that is growing our city.”



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