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Sally Galewski of the Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility has several connections to the city beyond her 30 year career as a Draftperson/civil engineer. A 1983 graduate of Oak Creek High School, she also attended Milwaukee Area Technical College, graduating with a civil engineering degree in 1996. Originally hired by the Planning department, she spent her first year manually updating city maps with ink pens. It wasn’t until the late 1980’s that the City of Oak Creek purchased the first computer that utilized AutoCAD software, and another decade before the purchase of the first GPS system.
During her career she has assisted with the GPS locating of fatal accidents for the Oak Creek Police Department, worked with the FBI on the investigation of the high tension towers incident, and has been instrumental in the creation of the city’s computerized basemap, the foundation of the GIS system still used today, and a critical part of her daily work for the Utility.
Sally cites a climate of “mutual respect” at the Water and Sewer Utility, as the biggest reason for her success. “I believe in working hard, being a team player, and working with a team that has mutual respect for each other, that’s why I’ve enjoyed my thirty years here.” Sally and her husband Chris live in Oak Creek, and have two children, Tony, 20, an Army Specialist currently at Ft. Carson, Colorado, and Ashley, 22, who works in fire service.
The biggest challenges in her position today revolve around technology, updates in computer software, and using technology to analyze system failures or problems, reducing the impact on the Utility’s customers, and playing a significant role in the award-winning performance of the Utility she has served for thirty years.
In her spare time, Sally volunteers at her church, helps with many community projects, and serves on the City of Oak Creek’s Celebrations Commission, which plans the city’s 4th of July parade, Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, and other city-wide events.« Return to Meet Our Staff