Nelson Petty, Jr. is the current Commissioner of the V.I. Department of Public Works. As Public Works Commissioner, Petty is responsible for the construction and maintenance of public roads, highways and storm drainage systems; public transportation systems, parking facilities and cemeteries; as well as government buildings within the territory.
Born on St. Thomas, Nelson Petty, Jr. is a proud product of the Virgin Islandsâ public school system, attending Kirwan Terrace Elementary School, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and graduating from the Charlotte Amalie High School in 1989. He later received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Prior to becoming Commissioner, Petty worked at the Department of Public Works for over 20 years, previously holding several positions within the Federal Highway Office. During that time, he was able to garner a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the department. Most recently, he served as the Construction Program Manager, where he functioned as the lead engineer for all federally-funded highway construction projects for the Territory. Petty is also the Principal of In-Site Surveying & Engineering, a 15 year old Civil Engineering and Land Development company.
Petty is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers and a Licensed Professional Engineer in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A few professional achievements include work done on Turpentine Run Road, the Water Island Ferry Dock and the 9th Street Box Culvert, all located in St. Thomas, V.I.