- George Prentice
- Steve Burgos (right) Boise's new Public Works Director, alongside Beth Baird (left) Boise Air Quality Program coordinator.
"When you're in the private sector, the best analogy I can use is it's like being in a car, but you're in the passenger seat trying to give some directions to the driver. Maybe they listen to you, maybe they don't," Burgos told BW. "Now, I feel like I'm driving the car. I get to make really cool decisions."
About a year later, that "car" has received a big boost. The city announced Wednesday that Burgos will become Boise's new director for the Department of Public Works, overseeing an $88.2 million budget and more than 250 employees. His department's responsibilities include wastewater collection and treatment; trash collection and recycling; management of the city's geothermal heating system; and providing engineering support for public streetlights, storm water drainage, hillside protection, flood plain review, construction management and sustainability planning.
Prior to joining the city, Burgos was a senior manager for Brown and Caldwell Environmental Consultants, where he served as a vice president. In the late 1990s, Burgos was a U.S. Navy intelligence officer.
- City of Boise
- Steve Burgos
The Boise City Council signed off Tuesday on Burgos' promotion.
“Steve is already a well respected leader, not only for Public Works Department, but for the entire city,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in Wednesday's announcement. “He brings dynamism and a big vision for what the city of Boise can accomplish, and his work has translated into significant successes for the department and the city. We won’t miss a beat with his appointment.”