San Angelo's Public Works Department, headed by Executive Director Ricky Dickson, hired Brandon Dickson as Assistant Superintendent for the Water Treatment Plant. Brandon is Ricky's son.
Public Works is an administrative office that oversees and coordinates the work of the three City departments that are most responsible for San Angelo’s municipal infrastructure – the Water Utilities, Engineering Services and Operations departments.This past week Brandon started work in the Water Utilities division under Water Production.
It turns out Brandon's father had a similar beginning. The press release on Ricky's 2014 promotion to Public Works Executive Director stated:
He (Ricky) began his career with the City in 1990, working in Water Distribution/Waste Water Collection.It's not clear if Ricky's start involved supervision. In1994 Ricky began supervising street maintenance and today hold's that ultimate operational responsibility. As you drive around San Angelo's city streets know Ricky Dickson supervised their maintenance for most of the last two decades.
This isn't the first Public Works father-son team. City Councilman Dwain Morrison sang an early warning on Carollo Engineering's hiring of Blake Wilde after Blake had been fired from the city's Engineering Department for cause. Carollo designed and managed construction of the Hickory Aquifer project for San Angelo's Water Department, then headed by Will Wilde, Blake's father.
Area citizen may have a bad taste in their mouth from the Wilde-Wilde father-son history. That would mean a Dickson-Dickson father-son employment situation would need to be crystal clear and squeaky clean. It would be concerning if the son were slotted for rapid advancement within his father's bailiwick.
Father's Day will have passed when City Council meets on Tuesday but relationships, like memories, live on.
Update 6-19-16: The City's website has no record of an Assistant Superintendent for Water Production or Water Treatment Plant Site searches on these terms produced no results and there is no current record of such a position in the City's Staff Directory. This leads me to believe Brandon's position is new but I will confirm this with city staff.