Interim public works director, city engineer named

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COMMERCE CITY — The city has a new interim public works director following the retirement last month of 36-year veteran of the city, Gregg Clements.

    City Manager Brian McBroom appointed Daren Sterling as interim public works director, who most recently served as city engineer for the past 13 years. Additionally, Glenn Ellis was appointed by McBroom as interim city engineer.
    “I want to thank Daren and Glenn for their willingness to help lead the department in this time of transition,” McBroom said in a news release. “I know the entire management team is committed to implementing city council’s goals and serving our residents and businesses in the most effective manner possible.”
    As city engineer, Sterling managed a $2-million annual budget and a staff of eight. Among his achievements in that role were: development of subdivision infrastructure, the first comprehensive transit plan update in more than 20 years, and direction over design and construction of capital projects, including improvements to the 104th Avenue General Improvement District and the Prairie Gateway and Quebec Street improvements.
    His background includes work for several consulting firms working on subdivision and roadway design. He has a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver.
    Prior to being named city engineer, Ellis served 11 years as the city’s capital improvement project manager. Ellis worked to implement more than $180 million in infrastructure projects such the widening of East 120th Avenue, expansion of and installation of lighting on State Highway 2, reconstruction of Derby District streets, reconstruction of state Highway 2 and 80th Avenue and the construction of the city’s traffic signal system communications and traffic operations center.
     Ellis, prior to joining the city, was a civilian contractor for the U.S. Army at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, designing parking lot improvements, building renovations and overseeing the base’s pavement management system. He has a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Utah State University.
    Both will serve in an interim capacity until a new public works director is hired through a competitive process.