Public Works has about 300 employees and is divided into 10 divisions: Administration and Finance, Clean Water, Development Engineering, Engineering and Construction, Fleet and Facilities, Parks, Road Maintenance, Transportation, Vegetation Management and Wastewater Operations.
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.
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.
Dean Boening, Division Manager
Stormwater Regulation Compliance:
- Complete all requirements of Clark County’s Phase I Municipal Stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit.
- Update stormwater related codes and manuals on a regular basis to comply with state stormwater manuals.
- Work with local stakeholders so they understand local stormwater regulations, including hosting trainings and meetings.
- Develops priority of list capital infrastructure to improve stormwater facilities.
- Works with maintenance and inspection staff to meet regulatory requirements and protect stormwater assets.
- Maintains an inventory of all stormwater-related infrastructure in geographic information system.
- Develop stormwater models for capital projects.
Stream Health and Monitoring:
- Monitor stream health for water quality and biological integrity at numerous sites in various watersheds.
- Collect and analyze data on stream health.
- Develop reports on stream health for regulatory agencies as well as public understanding.
- Identify illicit discharges to streams.
- Work with homeowner associations, school districts and other owners of private stormwater facilities to address maintenance and regulatory compliance questions and concerns.
- Conduct visits to local businesses to ensure their use of Best Management Practices to prevent pollution to the stormwater sewer system.
- Enforce county code and conditional use permits for quarries and mines throughout the county.
- Enforce county code for stormwater, habitat and clean water regulations, including responding to citizen concerns/complaints.
Education and Outreach:
- Prepare materials to educate the public about their role in protecting stream health and preventing pollution.
- Work with volunteer coordinators to identify projects on county properties to engage and learn about clean water and local natural areas that protect clean water.
- Identify programs targeted to specific audiences on best management practices that raise awareness and inspire positive behavioral change that benefit local creeks and streams.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Kevin Tyler, Division Manager
- Coordinates environmental permits for Public Works capital projects, including transportation, clean water, parks and Legacy Lands projects, as well as for some outside agencies.
- Applies for and obtains permits from local, state, and federal agencies, including Clark County Community Development, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Marine Fisheries Service.
- Ensures compliance with these permits through construction.
- Implements, maintains, monitors and reports on the county’s wetland and habitat mitigation program.
- Provides project management and environmental permitting services on county-sponsored stream habitat enhancement or restoration projects.
- Coordinates the Clark County Noxious Weed Control Board.
- Ensures private property owners and other agencies comply with noxious weed laws, as defined by RCW 17.10.
- Performs noxious weed and vegetation control work on county rights of way, park lands, conservation lands, stormwater facilities, Clark County Fairgrounds and other properties to ensure compliance with RCW 17.10.
- Provides education and outreach assistance to county residents for noxious weed identification and control.
- Administers the Washington Wilderness Hay & Mulch Program through agreement with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
- Assists public and private property owners with forest practices, such as Class IV conversion forest practices, conversion option harvest plans and certain Class I forest practices.
- Provides technical assistance to the Clark County Assessor’s Office and Clark County residents for the Open Space taxation program and Designated Forest Lands program.
- Provides sustainable forest management services for county forestlands targeting uneven-aged forest management and American Tree Farm, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council certifications.
Travis Capson, Division Manager
- Operates and maintains the Salmon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and outfall discharge pipeline for Discovery Clean Water Alliance.
- Operates and maintains wastewater pipelines and two pump stations.
- Manages biosolids program.
Public Works also has two other programs that support all 10 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, Public Information Officer
- 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.