by Pam Zubeck
The Public Works Director (PWD) is a highly responsible at-will executive position reporting to the Chief of Staff/Chief Administrative Officer with responsibilities for management of the public infrastructure within the city in accordance with federal and state regulations and City Code. The Public Works Department is staffed by 209 budgeted employees (FTEs) with a 2014 department budget of $108 million.City Council wasn't happy about the interim appointment a year ago. Bach refused to allow Council confirmation of Lethbridge, because he was an interim appointee and, therefore, not subject to Council confirmation as required by the City Charter of department heads, Bach asserted.
The PWD oversees City Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Streets Division, and Mountain Metro Transit. The PWD leads, develops, and administers the department’s operations, activities, and budget; provides oversight, management, and direction for the Public Works division managers and personnel; and oversees programs such as capital improvement, roadway maintenance, mapping and geographical information systems, asset management, design engineering and surveying, roads and transportation, and engineering development review. The PWD will establish the goals and objectives for the department; assure alignment of Public Works’ priorities with the City’s strategic and organizational goals; and carry out City policies and procedures and works collaboratively with other departments, agencies, contractors, land developers, and community partners to improve quality, maximize use of resources, and increase efficiencies.