‘Interim’ title gone, Keith Bredehoeft confirmed as Prairie Village Public Works Director

Keith Bredehoeft, who has held the position on an interim basis twice, was confirmed as Prairie Village Public Works Director this week.
Keith Bredehoeft, who has held the position on an interim basis twice, was confirmed as Prairie Village Public Works Director this week.

Ten months after Bruce McNabb’s resignation, Prairie Village has a brand new Public Works Director: The same guy who has held the job since McNabb left.

The Prairie Village City Council on Monday confirmed Keith Bredehoeft as the department’s new director, removing the “Interim” tag from his title after an extensive national search for McNabb’s replacement.

Bredehoeft had served as interim director prior to McNabb’s hiring in November 2010 as well, when the city was searching for longtime department head Bob Pryzby’s replacement after his retirement. That search ended when McNabb was brought on board, but McNabb’s tenure with the city was short after a series of departmental missteps caused friction between him and other Prairie Village officials.

City Administrator Quinn Bennion noted Monday that the search process, led by a hiring firm and including input from three members of the City Council, had been extensive.

“I want to thank the council and the sub-committee for selecting me,” Bredehoeft told the council upon his confirmation as his family looked on. “It is obviously a very thorough process, and you never know how it is going to end up… I hope to retire in this position, to be honest. I think this is a fantastic city to work for.”

Public Works Director is one of the city’s top three administrative positions, along with City Administrator and Police Chief.