COLUMBUS — Mayor Andrew J. Ginther recently appointed a Gallia County native to lead the Department of Public Service for the City of Columbus.
Jennifer Gallagher, a graduate of Gallia Academy High School in 1990 who has been serving as interim director since January, is now the permanent director.
“Director Gallagher has been a dedicated deputy director for many years and has handled the interim role over the last several months with great professionalism,” he said. “I am confident in her ability to lead our Department of Public Service.
Gallagher said she is honored with the appointment.
“I am pleased to be a part of the great team Mayor Ginther has assembled,” she said. “The Department of Public Service is moving in exciting new directions and I am thrilled to lead these efforts.”
Public Service employs more than 800 people and is responsible for city services such as snow removal, traffic, parking and infrastructure management.
Gallagher has been deputy director of public services for the City of Columbus since 2011. Previously, she worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation as co-deputy director and transportation engineer. Gallagher has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Ohio State University.
Gallagher is the daughter of Bob Donnally and Sue Veal. She lives in Powell with her husband, John, and two sons, Daniel and Andrew.