The Las Vegas City Council today approved the city manager’s selection of David Bowers as the new Public Works director. Bowers has a 27-year career as a civil engineer in the areas of structural and roadway design, construction management, contracting and team management. He has been employed with the city since 2005 and in his most recent role is responsible for the management of the city’s Engineering, Architectural, Surveying, Construction Management and Special Improvement District Sections. In that capacity Bowers coordinated with other agencies and oversaw the budget and schedule for more than 100 capital improvement projects.
As the new director, Bowers will be overseeing three divisions within Public Works: the City Engineering Division, the Traffic Division and the Environmental Division. In all, there are more than 250 employees within the department, which has an annual budget of $80 million.
Bowers’ positions at the city include program manager and assistant city engineer, where he was responsible for direct management of the new City Hall, Fremont East, Symphony Park development and numerous other projects. He also served as a full-time lobbyist for the city in the 2009 and 2011 Nevada Legislative session. Coordination with other departments and entities was a key part of that position.
Bowers also serves on the UNLV Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and is associated with several professional organizations including the American Public Works Association, National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.