Department of Public Works
400 Powell Road
Columbia, SC 29203
Director of Public Works:
Ismail Ozbek, PE
The mission of the Department of Public Works is to provide a broad range of services and infrastructure to help ensure safe and desirable communities for the people of Richland County. Areas of responsibility include engineering, floodplain management, stormwater quality, roads and drainage.
Safety - We protect the citizens and our employees from injuries and hazardous conditions.
Customer Service - We provide prompt, polite, and responsive service to all customers, internal and external.
Excellence - We deliver it right the first time.
Teamwork - We share and collaborate with our customers, stakeholders, other County departments and partner agencies to produce higher quality outcomes that are more efficient, thoughtful, and effective.
Innovation - We continue to develop new methods, ideas, and products to improve and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the Public Works Department.
Department of Public Works - Organizational Chart
“The Power of Public Works” theme for the 2018 National Public Works Week poster gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization. From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges or planning for and implementing mass transit, to removing snow on roadways or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or man-made disasters, public works services determine a society’s quality of life. This year’s poster honors the vital contribution public works professionals make every day to communities all across North America, and it invites the public to celebrate their quiet dedication and indispensable influence on our way of life.