Bard Lower, operations manager of the Streets Division of the Colorado Springs Public Works Department, will join the El Dorado County Community Development Agency as the new Transportation Division director.
Lower has worked as the Colorado Springs Streets Division manager for nine years where he was responsible for a budget that has ranged from $22 million to $31 million, 7,400 lane miles of pavement and 1,000 miles of storm water drainage.
Prior to his work in Colorado he held various positions over a 27-year span at the Michigan Department of Transportation. He also served as an adjunct professor of general mathematics at both Lansing Community College and Colorado Technical University.
He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, and is a licensed engineer in both Michigan and Colorado. Though not currently practicing law, he also holds a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich.
“Bard brings an impressive skill set to the position,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Briggs. “His knowledge of engineering and maintenance, and experience at a state and local level will serve the county well.”
With over 200 full-time equivalent positions, the Transportation Division is responsible for maintaining 1,079 miles of roads including 80 bridges, and completes approximately $40 million toward transportation planning and infrastructure improvements annually.
Lower was hired at Step 3 of the county salary schedule earning $121,555 per year. He starts May 13.