Public Works has about 260 employees and is divided into eight divisions, each overseen by a manager who reports to Public Works Director/County Engineer Heath Henderson. These divisions work closely together and sometimes with other county departments and outside agencies to provide services and build projects for the public.
The following provides a brief description of each division's core work.
Administration and Finance
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 for the department, including accounting, financial reporting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and grants.
- Provides a range of support to enhance technology efficiencies.
- Develops and implements a 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.
Greg Shafer, 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.
- Provides support to Construction Inspection.
- Supports the Clark County Development and Engineering Advisory Board.
Engineering and Construction
Tom Grange, Division Manager
- Administers construction contracts for county projects.
- Inspects both public and private improvements, including bridges and stormwater facilities.
- Provides suggestions during the development of county projects and verifies project constructability.
- Oversees bidding process and ensures contractors and proposals meet legal requirements.
- Inspects projects throughout construction and authorizes payments to contractors.
- Permits and inspects all utility work within county right of way.
Engineering & 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.
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 and easements.
- 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.
Fleet and Facilities
- 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.
- Oversees county rock pits (Finn Hill, Maple, Livingston, Whatley, English).
- Manages Whatley Pit decant facility (recycling stormwater residue and street sweepings).
- Supervises maintenance of county railroad.
- Administers department safety programs, emergency preparedness and various facility projects.
Bill Bjerke, Division Manager
- Manages all parks functions, including maintenance, operations and exclusive use reservations.
- 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.
- Updates Clark County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.
- 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.
- Maintains medians and roadside landscapes, gardens and 78th Street Operations Center landscape.
- Handles grounds and custodial maintenance for county parks and facilities, include Legacy Lands properties.
- 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.
Mike Strauch, Division Manager
- Oversees asphalt work (patching, preleveling and crack filling).
- Maintains and repairs guardrails.
- 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 saline deicer and provides other storm response.
- Mows roadsides, removes debris, cuts brush and performs other vegetation control.
- Sweeps neighborhood and arterial streets.
- Maintains drainage systems, including cleaning and repairing catch basins, manholes, drywells and storm pipes.
- Maintains 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.
Salmon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Travis Capson, Division Manager
- Operates and maintains treatment plant and outfall discharge pipeline for Discovery Clean Water Alliance.
- Operates and maintains wastewater pipelines and two pump stations.
- Manages biosolids program.
Carolyn Heniges, Division Manager
- Develops Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program.
- Applies for and administers project grants and loans.
- Provides capital programming for Clean Water and Greater Clark Parks District projects.
- Manages pavement, bridge and culvert, preservation and slides program.
- Assesses, tracks and reports condition of pavements and other assets.
- Provides objective analysis for prioritizing repairs, rehabilitation, replacement and preservation of assets.
- 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 at signalized intersections 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 traffic, signing, striping, speed limits, parking, guardrails, bicycles facilities, pedestrian walkways and safety issues.
- Prioritizes and recommends safety improvements for funding and construction.
Public Works also has two other programs that support all eight divisions:
Peggy Muhly, Manager
- Serves as a liaison to Clark County Human Resources and as an advocate for Public Works employees.
- Functions as the first step for any human resources action.
- Assists with union negotiations and other employee issues, including investigations, discipline and corrective actions.
Public Information and Outreach
Jeff Mize, Manager
- Provides residents of Clark County with information about department services and projects and opportunities to participate in public decision making.
- Manages website content, publications, public involvement, media relations, and educational and outreach programs.