(VENTURA COUNTY) – Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) has named retired U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps’ Chris Kurgan, to the position of Director of Roads & Transportation. In his new role Chris will oversee the building, operating, and maintaining of the public’s billion-dollar investment in the county road system. He will also be responsible for the public transit needs for the county’s unincorporated areas.
“I am very excited to join the Ventura County Public Works Agency as the Director of Roads and Transportation. After serving 31 years in the U.S. Navy and being assigned here four times, I look forward to serving the citizens of the county and those who serve to make our community a better place to live,” said Kurgan.
Chris served in the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps for 31 years, and before retiring as Captain he served as the Commanding Officer of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps Officer’s school and Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering where he was responsible for the technical, character, and leadership development training for nearly 30,000 Facilities Engineer professionals and tradesmen. During his Navy career, he was responsible for the public works, transportation, environmental, capital improvements, and real estate responsibilities of the Navy across 11 northwest states.
Before serving four assignments in Ventura County, he earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.
“Of the many competent and professional candidates, Chris is most uniquely qualified to fill this position, as he provides a skill set that is very compatible with VCPWA’s dedication to innovation and excellence. His many years of providing consistent and high-quality leadership in a variety of engineering and construction organizations, his strategic planning experience, and natural ability to motivate individuals to do their best, fits with our vision of being the best Public Works Agency and providing excellent, cost- effective and responsive service to the public,” said David Fleisch, Assistant Director of Public Works.
Interviews upon request.
About Ventura County Public Works Agency
The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) strives to deliver innovative, efficient, and cost-effective regional services that are essential to the health, safety, natural resources protection, and economic vitality of Ventura County and its residents. Established in 1954, VCPWA employs approximately 400 employees and consists of five departments: Central Services, Engineering, Road & Transportation, Watershed Protection, as well as Water and Sanitation.
VCPWA continues to receive nationwide attention for its work in improving, innovating, and ensuring projects for Ventura County’s unincorporated 572 miles of roads, watersheds, levees, bridges, infrastructures, water and sanitation facilities and billing services operate effectively.