Mayor Walsh Appoints Robert Brandt to Deputy Commissioner of Water

Published on February 09, 2024


Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the appointment of Robert Brandt as Deputy Commissioner in the Department of Water. Brandt will work with the Commissioner of Water in program development, crafting department policies, and managing personnel. He will oversee the day-to-day operations and administrative policies within the Department of Water.
“Robert’s dedication and commitment to our residents is evident in his 30 years working for the city,” said Mayor Walsh. “His long public service and wealth of experience in the field make him the ideal candidate for the position.”
Brandt began his career in Sanitation within the Department of Public Works. Over the years, he undertook various roles throughout the city, including positions in Sewer and Water Maintenance. Most recently, Brandt served as the Assistant Superintendent of Street Cleaning/Snow and Ice in Public Works. In this role, he directed street cleaning, snow removal, and ice-clearing operations, prioritizing both the city's cleanliness and the safety of personnel. Brandt managed crews, ensuring the implementation of safety protocols and completion of tasks in public works operations.
Brandt served as a Regional Vice President for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 66 for the Syracuse and Central NY area. He holds certifications for both the Certified Excavator Program (CEP) from UDigNY and participation in the New York State Accident Review Committee. Brandt is a lifetime resident of the Washington Square neighborhood.