City of Valdosta Announces O'Dowd As New City Engineer

The City of Valdosta is proud to announce and welcome Benjamin O'Dowd as the new City Engineer.  O'Dowd began his college career at Valdosta State University before transferring to Georgia Institute of Technology, where is graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.

O'Dowd has worked in the private sector for the past six years and is excited to serve and grow in Valdosta.

"My wife and I are excited to join the Valdosta family in my new role as City Engineer," said O'Dowd. "I first arrived in Valdosta when my father was stationed at Moody in 2007, and the City has held a special place in my heart ever since. I am eager to lead, grow, and serve as a member of the City of Valdosta team."

The City of Valdosta looks forward to the new ideas and expertise O'Dowd will bring to the engineering department and the Valdosta community.

"I am excited to have Ben on the City's leadership team," said City Manager Mark Barber. "The new energy and experience Ben conveys will heighten the continual effort to improve the quality of life in our community by a sincere commitment to the ideals of public service."

Mayor, Scott James Matheson, stated, "Benjamin is a perfect fit for our city, and I am excited about the leadership and energy he will bring to the role of our new City Engineer."

O'Dowd and his wife, Tori, have a two-year-old son, Emerson. When O'Dowd is not working, he enjoys playing music, working on DIY projects around his home, and spending time with his family.

O'Dowd may be reached at the City's Engineering Department at (229) 259-3530 or by email at