City Manager Gary Milliman today announced the appointment of Paul Stevens as Director of Public Works and Development Services (PWDS) effective September 26, 2016.
A Registered Civil Engineer, Stevens served as Director of Public Works for the City of Payette, Idaho, for nine years and has worked as a consulting engineer for a number of small Northwest communities for the past three years. He currently works as a Senior Civil Engineer and Project Manager for the consulting engineering firm of Anderson Perry and Associates in La Grande, Oregon.
Stevens is experienced in design and management of all aspects of public works, including streets, water, sewer, drainage, parks, airports and golf courses.
He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology and an Associate of Structural Engineering Technology from Eastern Oregon State College.
“Paul has exactly the breadth of experience that is needed here in Brookings having worked extensively with water rights, surveys, plat maps, public contracts, federal permitting relating to storm water and wastewater treatment plants,” Milliman said.
In Payette, Stevens was responsible for overseeing streets, water, sewer, storm drains, parks, pool and airport. His consulting engineering experience includes federal and state permit compliance, plan review for commercial and residential construction, subdivision and walking trail design and supervision of construction of water and sewer systems.
Stevens and his family currently reside in Cove, Oregon.
Milliman said the City received over 50 applicants in the dual recruitment for PWDS Director and Assistant City Manager. “We had always planned to only fill one of the positions, with a priority being finding someone with good public works experience.” Milliman said, noting that past recruitments for public works director had generated few qualified candidates.
Stevens will replace LauraLee Snook, who is retiring September 30, 2016, after 17 years with the City in various capacities, including serving as Director of Public Works/Development Services for the past two years.