Public Works has more than 300 employees and is divided into six divisions: Administration and Finance, Clean Water, Engineering and Construction, Parks and Lands, Road Maintenance and Safety and Transportation and Development.
These divisions work closely together and sometimes with other county departments and outside agencies to provide services and build projects for the public. Each division has a manager who reports directly to Public Works Director/County Engineering Heath Henderson.
Public Works also has several special projects or programs under the direct supervision of the Public Works Director/County Engineer.
The following provides a brief description of each division's core work.
Lori Pearce, Division Manager
- Oversees mail handling, digital imaging, motor pool, equipment checkout, supplies, and miscellaneous services.
- Develops, submits and manages Public Works’ budget, including monitoring.
- Prepares supplemental and readoption submittals and writes reports.
- Supports the entire department through customer service at 78th Street Operations Center.
- Provides additional customer service support through fourth-floor reception at Public Service Center.
- Oversees all financial matters, including accounting, financial reporting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and grants.
- Purchases and disposes of county vehicles and heavy equipment.
- Operates fuel sites and monitors fuel consumption.
- Oversees equipment parts section.
- Develops rental rates, writes specifications for Fleet and other county departments.
- Reviews work performed by county shops on vehicles and equipment.
- Maintains and repairs all county-owned vehicles and equipment.
- Performs maintenance and repairs for other agencies on contract basis.
- Provides a range of support to enhance technology efficiencies.
- Develops and implements technology plan to include architecture, hardware and software requirements.
- Manages niche software applications and library.
- Evaluates purchases, installs, debugs and interfaces with vendors and maintains accountability.
Dean Boening, Division Manager
- Ensures compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit.
- Plans construction of stormwater facilities.
- Prepares watershed plans.
- Develops and enforces stormwater code and manual.
- Inspects privately owned stormwater facilities.
- Coordinates the Clark County Clean Water Commission.
- Monitors stormwater runoff and stream quality.
- Collects scientific data about stormwater, surface waters, stream conditions and aquatic habitat to support and implement NPDES permit requirements.
- Uses sound science and data to help shape county's policies and programs.
- Coordinates with homeowner associations, school districts and other owners of private stormwater facilities to address maintenance and regulatory issues.
- Works with local businesses on best management practices to prevent water pollution.
- Prepares educational materials, develops stewardship opportunities and undertakes other outreach to promote healthier waterways.
- Operates the Salmon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant for the Discovery Clean Water Alliance.
- Treats wastewater from Clark Regional Wastewater District, the City of Ridgefield and the City of Battle Ground.
- Monitors for permit compliance and submits monthly, quarterly and annual compliance reports.
- Maintains regional interceptor wastewater lines, two pump stations and the treatment plant's outfall discharge line to the Columbia River.
- Administers construction contracts for county projects.
- Inspects public and private improvements, including bridges and public stormwater facilities.
- Provides suggestions during development of county projects and verifies project constructability.
- Oversees bidding process and ensures contractors and proposals meet legal requirements.
- Inspects projects throughout construction, authorizes payments to contractors, accepts completed projects and prepares record drawings.
- Permits and inspects all utility work within county right of way.
Engineering and Design:
- Performs engineering and design work to build and maintain county facilities, including roads, sidewalks, trails, drainage systems, stormwater facilities, parks and mitigation sites.
- Designs improvements and prepares plans, specifications and estimates for county projects.
- Supports the bidding, construction and final acceptance of projects.
- Provides engineering support in response to emergencies and other requests.
- Directs delivery of county projects, from inception to closeout.
- Establishes project scope, schedule and budget.
- Manages work planning, plan execution, progress monitoring, change and reporting performance.
- Coordinates efforts on other types of projects.
Real Property Services:
- Acquires property for county projects in accordance with legal requirements.
- Works closely with property owners affected by projects, answers questions and addresses concerns.
- Researches and responds to questions about right of way, property ownership, boundaries, easements and effects of future road projects.
- Manages Public Works’ properties, assists other departments with property management and surpluses county-owned properties.
- Provides land surveying services for county projects and other county needs.
- Maintains survey monuments within county right of way along with vertical and horizontal control networks.
- Reviews, indexes and stores recorded surveys, subdivisions (plats, short plats) and County Engineer's road records.
- Records surveys, land corner records and affidavits of correction for surveys, fulfills all state-mandated requirements.
Bill Bjerke, Division Manager
- Manages all parks functions, including parks reservations and exclusive use permits.
- Oversees Klineline Pond lifeguards.
- Administers property acquisition and development, property rentals and leases, and parks capital repair and replacement.
- Coordinates policies and code changes, park impact fees program, park concurrency and acquisition and development grants.
- Manages 78th Street Heritage Farm.
- Supports Clark County Parks Advisory Board.
- Maintains downtown campus landscapes and hardscapes, Clark County Fairgrounds landscape, 78th Street Heritage Farm landscape and perimeter vegetation at county cell towers.
- Assists property owners with forest practices.
- Provides technical assistance to the Assessor’s Office and citizens in implementation of the Open Space and Designated Forest Lands taxation programs.
- Provides sustainable forest management services for county forest lands, such as Camp Bonneville and Green Mountain.
- Purchases lands highly valued for habitat, scenic corridors, low-impact recreation and other qualities that enhance our local environment using funds from the Conservation Futures levy
- Follows the Conservation Areas Acquisition Plan in managing the approximately 5,000 acres in the program.
- Handles grounds and custodial maintenance for county parks and facilities, including Legacy Lands properties.
- Obtains environmental permits for Public Works capital projects and some outside agencies.
- Implements, maintains, monitors and reports on the county’s wetland/habitat mitigation program.
- Directs county sponsored restoration projects.
- Manages state requirements to control and eradicate noxious weeds.
- Performs weed control on county-owned lands.
- Provides information and technical expertise to private landowners for controlling noxious weeds.
- Coordinates the Clark County Noxious Weed Control Board.
- Oversees volunteer program for parks and roads, including Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Road.
- Manages Volgistics website for volunteers.
- Provides web updates, prepares monthly newsletter and administers grants associated with volunteer projects.
Scott Wilson, Division Manager
- Oversees asphalt work (patching, prelevels and crack filling).
- Maintains and repairs guardrails.
- Maintains medians and roadside landscapes, rain gardens and 78th Street Operations Center landscape.
- Maintains roads in unincorporated Clark County.
- Patches potholes, grades gravel roads and clears ditches, catch basins and culverts.
- Maintains public sidewalks.
- Plows roads during winter storms, applies sand and anti-icer and provides other storm response.
- Mows roadsides, removes debris, cuts brush and performs other vegetation control.
- Oversees county rock pits (Finn Hill, Maple, Livingston, English).
- Manages Whatley Pit decant facility (recycling stormwater residue and street sweepings).
- Administers department safety programs and various facility projects.
- Manages Public Works Emergency Response Program and coordinates with Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency and Clark County's Emergency Coordinator.
- Sweeps neighborhood and arterial streets.
- Maintains drainage systems, including cleaning and repairing catch basins, manholes, drywells and storm pipes.
- Maintains public stormwater treatment facilities, including mowing and repairing ponds, swales and filter vaults.
- Monitors compliance with legal requirements.
- Manages small construction projects, including facility retrofits and improvements to drainage infrastructure.
Carolyn Heniges, Division Manager
- Reviews and evaluates off-site transportation impacts of proposed developments.
- Administers county's traffic impact fee program and developer agreements.
- Ensures developments in unincorporated Clark County are designed and built to county code.
- Performs critical area reviews for floodplains, critical aquifer recharge areas, geotechnical and geo-hazardous site conditions.
- Provides civil engineering services, with emphasis on transportation and stormwater infrastructure.
- Coordinates inspections with Construction Management
- Provides support to Development and Engineering Advisory Board
- Manages pavement preservation, bridge, culverts and slides programs.
- Assesses and tracks condition of pavements and other assets.
- Provides objective analysis for prioritizing repairs, rehabilitation, replacement and preservation of assets.
- Develops Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program.
- Applies for and administers project grants and loans.
- Provides capital programing for clean water and Greater Clark Parks District projects.
- Oversees traffic signals, railroad crossings, school flashers and intelligent transportation systems.
- Provides first point of contact for citizen requests regarding traffic signal operations and requests for enhanced crosswalks and school flashers.
- Designs or approves developer designs for new traffic signals or modifications to existing signals.
- Determines appropriate timing parameters for traffic signals and performs other day-to-day work to keep signals operating.
- Manages roadway system in unincorporated Clark County.
- Provides first point of contact for citizen requests regarding signing, striping, speed limits, parking, guardrails, bicycles facilities, pedestrian walkways and safety issues.
- Prioritizes and recommends safety improvements for funding and construction.
Jerry Barnett, Program Manager
- Oversees ongoing cleanup at 3,840-acre former U.S. Army base, including nearly completed work on the central valley floor, as well as upcoming cleanup of the central impact target area and western slopes.
- Manages other aspects of Camp Bonneville, including modest capital improvements to the site’s roads and bridges and upcoming reuse planning.
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad
Jerry Barnett, Program Manager
- Oversees the county-owned 33-mile short line.
- Plans infrastructure improvements and seeks grants to fund line improvements.
- Works with the Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad Company, the line’s operator.
- Coordinates the Railroad Advisory Board.
Leanne Mattos, Director's Office Manager
- Provides administrative support to the Public Works Director, the Senior Management Team and the entire department.
- Oversees office operations, procedures and key administrative staff.
- Coordinates meetings and Board of County Councilors' agenda items.
Public Information and Outreach
Jeff Mize, Public Information Officer
- Provides residents with information and opportunities to participate in decision making regarding Public Works services and projects.
- Manages publications, web content, media relations and educational and outreach programs for all divisions.
- Serves as department spokesperson.