Fayette County

Lexington’s traffic engineer to become environmental, public works commissioner

Mayor Jim Gray has named the head of traffic engineering to be the new commissioner of environmental quality and public works, one of Lexington’s most important divisions.

Dowell Hoskins-Squier, director of the Division of Traffic Engineering, will replace David Holmes, who will move to the city’s law department. Holmes, a lawyer, had been in the position since May 2014. The commissioner of environmental quality and public works oversees traffic engineering, waste management, water quality, environmental quality and streets and roads.

Hoskins-Squier will be the city’s fourth commissioner of environmental quality and public works since Gray took office in 2011. The division has had its problems over the past year — including feuds between waste management top managers and waste management drivers and employees.

Hoskins-Squier, a Lexington native with a bachelor and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University, assumed the duties of commissioner on Monday. Her appointment must be approved by the Urban County Council, which is on break until the second week in January.