Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Transportation Division director hired from Colorado

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.

Mike Applegarth


Discussion | 7 comments

  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 04, 2013 - 8:32 am

    How come more and more people from outside of the county are being hired? Many of our people could use the work--Im sure some of our people are "bright" enough. No wonder people in our county are leaving--they are constantly being insulted.

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  • question everythingMay 04, 2013 - 8:40 am

    what's wrong with this guy that he comes in at only Step 3 when Secretary cathy withero hired by jack Sweeney started at 5?

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  • AnonymousMay 04, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    Kim Kerr went to one of the County's top licensed engineer's in DOT with 25 years with the County and told him a couple months ago "Don't bother applying for the position, you won't be selected." He promptly retired and took his institutional knowledge with him. Thank you Kim!

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  • 57 ChevyMay 06, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    Anyone who has lived in EDC long enough knows Godfather Sweeney rules the roost like the Chicago mafia. Chances are county employees know where all the bodies are buried, so job security means maintaining an oath of silence. Outside hiring ensures an unsuspecting puppet will compliantly do the job for a fraction of the cost. Makes sense that an outsider will be less likely to rock the boat.

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  • JennyMay 06, 2013 - 10:50 pm

    That's a bunch of hogwash - we didn't hire him because he's an outsider - he was hired because his sister is married to Jack Sweeney's younger brother - they've know each other for years... Jack met him when they were in their early 20's & were auditions for bit parts in CATS - famines became involved &the rest is history - btw neither got called back but ended up in a better place. Oddly enough at that same audition Carlo Winder the former Mayor of Stockton won a lead in the show but had to bow out due to an enflamed lumbago. All 3 men were there together in yet another if the worlds coincidences -

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 06, 2013 - 11:15 pm

    Jenny, I might be wrong. I wouldn't bet my life on it. But I'm pretty damn sure Jack has no brothers. I don't think you are mistaken. I think you're making it up.

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  • Gordon BrennanSeptember 25, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    I've known BArd since college at Michigan State - he doesn't have any siblings

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