The city-parish has appointed a new leader to oversee the sewage and sanitation program as part of a new structure that breaks up the Department of Public Works into several separate entities.

The city-parish announced Wednesday that Karen Khonsari is the city-parish’s new director of environmental services. She has a background working in both the public sector, with previous experience at the Environmental Protection Agency, and in the private sector.

Khonsari is the first to lead the city’s new environmental services division. She will be paid $135,000 a year and can choose from either a $400-a-month car allowance or use of a city car, according to William Daniel, who serves as chief administrative officer to Mayor-President Kip Holden.

Bryan Harmon has been overseeing the full Department of Public Works. In a reorganization, DPW is being split up into six departments.

Khonsari will be in charge of both financial and managerial issues in the city’s wastewater and sanitation divisions.