John Gay Appointed New Public Works Director and Imperial County Roads Commissioner
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of John Gay as the new Director of the Imperial County Department of Public Works (ICDPW) to replace former Director Bill Brunet who retired in September 2016. Along with the new position as Director, Mr. Gay was also appointed as the Imperial County Road Commissioner.
"The Imperial County Board of Supervisors is pleased to have found a knowledgeable leader for the Public Works Department who is ready and willing to tackle the many challenges that await him when managing more than 2500 miles of roadways and 130 bridges throughout our County," stated Supervisor Michael Kelley, Chairman of the Board. "I am certain that Mr. Gay will utilize his dedicated staff and build collaborations with important stakeholders in order to find creative solutions to any challenge that he faces."
Mr. Gay has been an employee of the ICDPW since 2011 where he first served as the Deputy Director of Public Works, Engineering until he was appointed to serve as the Interim Director of Public Works upon the retirement of former Director Bill Brunet. Prior to joining the County of Imperial, Mr. Gay worked for the City of El Centro for 10 years, initially as the Associate Engineer from 2001 until 2005 and later becoming the Senior Engineer from 2005 until his departure in 2011. As the Director of ICDPW, Mr. Gay will lead the department in its mission to preserve and enhance public safety and quality of life through reliable, cost effective infrastructure and continually improve quality of service through optimal resource management.
About his new position, Mr. Gay stated, "I have been blessed to be a part of this Valley community throughout the years and look forward to giving back in this new capacity. I truly appreciate this opportunity that has been granted by our Board of Supervisors. Acceptable roadways are critical to our economic mission and quality of life and I will strive to make the Valley better for our families."
Mr. Gay, a resident of El Centro, graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1988 and received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego in Structural Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.