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Posted on: June 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Municipal Engineer Recognized for Outstanding Public Service


For Immediate Release
June 20, 2022

PRINCETON, NJ – Deanna Stockton, P.E., C.M.E., Municipal Engineer and Deputy  Administrator of the Engineering and Infrastructure Operations Department, will be honored with the Outstanding Public Service P.E. Award by the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers at its annual installation and awards dinner on June 22 at Mercer Oaks in West Windsor.

In her 17 years in Princeton, Stockton has successfully led design and construction projects for award-winning projects including the Stony Brook Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridges and Pathways, Bank Street and Nassau Street (NJSH 27) Streetscape Reconstruction, the Mountain Lakes Dams Reconstruction and Lake Dredging, the Community Park Pool Reconstruction and the Mary Moss Playground Renovation. 

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by my peers in the Engineering Society for the contributions made to municipal engineering,” said Stockton. “I’ve benefitted from excellent mentoring, and I continue that teaching with my staff as we work to enhance the quality of life in Princeton. We strive every day to innovate, to be responsive, and to achieve more with less in our public service.”

In addition to managing the multimillion-dollar capital program each year, Stockton leads her department in the review and inspection of land development projects and single-family home applications; oversees the municipal transit system and municipal parking department including a parking deck; oversees the Public Works Department; manages the municipal stormwater permit; and oversees the Sewer Division.

Stockton brings extensive experience to her public service roles.  Over her career, she has worked at public agencies in California, the Washington State DOT in Seattle and a water rights and land development consultant in Oregon. She also enjoyed a three-year work sabbatical while living in the Netherlands.

“Deanna’s award is well deserved,” said Municipal Administrator Bernie Hvozdovic. “The broad array of projects she manages day-to-day are difficult and challenging. They range from dam restoration and municipal transit, to storm water and road design. Her dedication, work ethic and institutional knowledge are invaluable to the municipality.  

“Her promotion last year to Deputy Administrator of the Engineering and Infrastructure Operations Department was recognition of the high level of public service she provides and the significant value she brings to the Municipality of Princeton.”

Stockton has been involved with the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers for more than ten years. She is a member of the NJSPE Mercer Chapter (PESMC), has participated as a Continuing Education presenter, and served on the PESMC Board in all positions including President in 2017-2018. She is currently the municipal representative to the New Jersey’s State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) for the FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC) program, and Treasurer for the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers.

Dianne Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, will be the keynote speaker at this week’s awards dinner. In addition, Princeton’s former Assistant Municipal Engineer Tejal Patel will be installed as President of the society.

About New Jersey Society of Professional Engineer (NJSPE)

New Jersey Society of Professional Engineer (NJSPE), a society within the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), is a member-centric, nimble, future-focused and responsive organization, serving as the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers. For more information, visit


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