Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox has appointed a local professional to become the next city engineer, staff announced Tuesday.

In a press release sent to local media, Maddox said the hire is internal and expected - acting city engineer Michael Gardiner will move into the role permanently.

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Gardiner was a project manager with TTL, Inc. before he joined the city as its assistant city engineer in 2020.

“Mike follows in the footsteps of leaders such as Woolsey Finnell, Joe Robinson and David Griffin,” Mayor Walt Maddox said. “The Office of the City Engineer designs Tuscaloosa’s future, and I believe that Mike is the right leader at the right moment for our community.”

"He's done a really fantastic job," Maddox told the city council Tuesday. "I haven't one person today who said 'What were you thinking about that appointment?' everyone has been very excited."

Gardiner is a University of Alabama alumnus, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology. The city said he is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor as well as a member of the American Society of Engineers and the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

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