Interim Commissioner Jerrel Kruschke, P.E.
Jerrel Kruschke is the current Interim Commissioner of Public Works following his appointment by Mayor Cavalier Johnson on April 14, 2022. He brings more than 20 years’ experience in construction and management most recently as City Engineer, a cabinet level position he began upon confirmation by the Milwaukee Common Council on January 19, 2021.
As head of the Infrastructure Services Division, the City Engineer is responsible for a workforce of 815 and an annual operating budget of $40 Million that includes local road construction, multimodal transportation, the city parks division (MKE Parks), street lighting, environmental engineering, and facilities management for city properties including City Hall.
Jerrel previously served as Public Works Coordination Manager for the City of Milwaukee, where he oversaw public works permitting and managed public works aspects of special projects. In this role he also served as liaison to Business Improvement Districts and city departments. First coming to the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works in 2007, Jerrel’s career also includes holding positions as Street Services Manager, Structural Design Manager, Central Drafting and Records Manager and Structural Design Project Manager.
A licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin, the Interim Commissioner is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he received his B.S. in Civil Engineering. Jerrel earned his degree after years of part-time studies as he transitioned from a successful career in the trades as a Carpenter.