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
- 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 to Public Works Director/County Engineer 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.
- Maintains medians and roadside landscapes, rain gardens and 78th Street Operations Center landscape.
- 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 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.