The City of Petaluma is pleased to announce that Gina Benedetti-Petnic, C.E., has been named City Engineer, a key leadership position within the City’s Department of Public Works & Utilities.
In her new role, Ms. Benedetti-Petnic will oversee local building projects to make sure Petaluma’s environmental and development standards are upheld and to ensure that existing neighborhoods, parks, open spaces and streets are protected.
She will also manage the City’s obligations under the FEMA flood hazard mapping program, ADA transition plan, and will oversee maintenance and operations of the City’s traffic signal and lighting infrastructure.
Ms. Benedetti-Petnic was selected from a highly qualified pool of candidates because of her strong engineering background, her experience in local development, and her interest in serving the Petaluma community.
Before accepting this job, Benedetti-Petnic was a project manager for Devcon Construction. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has consulted professionally as a California Licensed Civil Engineer since 1987.
Benedetti-Petnic is a lifelong Petaluma resident with a deep commitment to the community. She was a Petaluma Planning Commissioner for five years, resigning that post upon accepting the City Engineer position. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of North Bay Children’s Center and as a volunteer with Petaluma Water Ways, Friends of the Petaluma River, and Petaluma Small Craft Center. She is also a member of the Women’s racing crew with the North Bay Rowing Club.
“We are thrilled that Gina Benedetti-Petnic has chosen to pursue a career in public service with the City of Petaluma,” said Dan St. John, Director of Public Works. “She brings positive energy and professional expertise to a talented and engaged team of professional staff within the Department of Public Works and Utilities.”
The City’s Department of Public Works and Utilities oversees streets and bridges, parks and building maintenance, pedestrian and bike paths, hundreds of miles of water, sewer, and storm water pipes, water reservoirs and pump stations, an airport, a marina, a water recycling facility, public transit and environmental properties.