Casey Brunke has been the City Engineer for the City of Cape Girardeau Development Services Department’s Engineering Division since 2010. Brunke is from the small town of Tilsit, Mo., which is just west of Gordonville. She received a degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in civil engineering.
As City Engineer, Brunke has several responsibilities or tasks that she completes in a given day. One of her main tasks is making sure that all public infrastructures are built to city standards. Brunke also helps inspect City improvements, as well as inspecting private developments to make sure that they also meet the City’s standards. Brunke also helps decide if proposed street or road designs will be feasible or functional. Given all of these tasks, there are several challenges that Brunke must face on a day-to-day basis.
“Probably the most challenging part is that we would love to please everyone with our new roads and streets,” Brunke said. “But, we just have to make peace with the fact that we can’t. We do our best and try to especially work with those who are not so happy and try to please them.”
Brunke’s favorite part about her job is seeing how the plans develop from ideas and visions to actual completed projects that the citizens can utilize. She enjoys working in Cape Girardeau.
“I like that it’s (Cape Girardeau) the regional hub. If you want to do something in southeast Missouri, you can find it in Cape,” Brunke said. “There are lots of things to do; there are lots of shopping, restaurants, cultural events, and SEMO events. There is just a lot to do here. It is also a great place to live and raise a family. It’s just a great town.”
Although she is very busy with City projects, Brunke has several hobbies that she enjoys when she can.
“I like to spend time with my husband and our three dogs,” Brunke said. “I also enjoy gardening and cooking. I enjoy playing sports when I can, especially volleyball, and I would definitely be in a recreational league if I could. I also play softball whenever I can.”