Eggleston promoted to public works director

Brad Eggleston, now assistant public works director, has been tapped by City Manager Jim Keene to become the department's permanent director. Photo provided by the city.

By the Daily Post staff

Brad Eggleston, Palo Alto’s assistant director of public works, today (Sept. 19) was named head of the department, pending approval by City Council.

Eggleston has been leading the department on an interim basis since the retirement of director Mike Sartor earlier this year.

Palo Alto’s Public Works Department operates the municipal airport and the Regional Water Quality Control Plant. The department also designs and constructs city facilities, streets, sidewalks, storm drains and parks. And it maintains the city’s buildings and vehicle fleet.

Eggleston has been with the city since 1998 and has served as assistant director of the department since 2012.

Last year, his gross pay was $177,730. His new salary will be around $215,000, according to city spokeswoman Claudia Keith.

According to a statement from the city, his recent projects and accomplishments include:

• overseeing the public safety building and California Avenue parking garage design and environmental review process;

• successfully completing the $13 million Palo Alto Golf Course reconfiguration;

• leading Palo Alto’s efforts to significantly improve street conditions, raising the pavement condition index score to 84 (indicating very good) with corresponding efforts to raise public awareness.

Eggleston holds a bachelor’s degree in conservation and resource studies from UC-Berkeley and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from San Jose State. He is a licensed professional engineer and is affiliated with several professional organizations including the American Public Works Association and the California League of Public Cities.

Eggleston was named director by City Manager Jim Keene, but his appointment will go to the City Council for approval at a meeting in October, as required by the City Charter that includes specific positions requiring such approval.