Mike DeGiacomo, Oklahoma City's well-regarded and long-serving streets superintendent, died Sunday of complications from stomach surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. He was 62.
DeGiacomo worked for Oklahoma City for 27 years and was a familiar face and name because of his role as the city's de facto winter storms spokesman. DeGiacomo fed reporters information on the condition of city streets during the various ice storms, snow storms and blizzards over the years.
DeGiacomo was responsible for the maintenance of streets in sprawling Oklahoma City. The sheer number of miles of city streets places a strain on resources to build, repair and replace roads, but DeGiacomo's positive attitude, work ethic and resourcefulness helped the city stretch its dollars as far as they would go, city spokeswoman Kristy Yager said.
He had been on leave for about two weeks because of the surgery when he died Sunday night. DeGiacomo's sudden death will leave a void.
“He was innovative. He was dedicated. He really focused on delivering services to citizens, and how to do it efficiently,” Yager said. “He was very, very smart and dependable.”
DeGiacomo is survived by his wife, Yager said.