Trent Prall Appointed Public Works Director

City ID PhotosA familiar face has taken the reins of the City of Grand Junction’s Public Works Department. Trent Prall has been appointed to the position by City Manager Greg Caton. The appointment became effective October 8. Trent was one of 33 individuals who applied for the position during a nationwide recruitment followed by a professional assessment process.

Prall is a registered professional engineer with over 27 years in the industry. He has been employed by the City of Grand Junction since 1995 after beginning his career at the City of Los Angeles. While with the City of Grand Junction he has served in a number of increasingly responsible roles including Project Engineer, Utility Engineer, Riverside Parkway Project Manager, Interim Deputy City Manager, and Engineering Manager. In addition to a number of certifications, Trent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

City Manager Greg Caton states, “I am looking forward to working with Trent in this expanded role. He was clearly the superior candidate and he brings a wealth of experience and passion to the position. We have a lot going on in the Public Works Department right now and I look forward to many great things in the years ahead.”

Prall adds, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to expand my role in providing service to this outstanding community.  We have a great group of dedicated individuals in Public Works who work hard at maintaining our existing infrastructure while planning and constructing improvements to enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors, both present and future. I am honored to have been selected to help lead this outstanding team.”

The Public Works Department, which has 56 full-time employees along with 12 seasonal employees, consists of the divisions of Streets, Solid Waste, Stormwater/Drainage, Engineering, and Transportation. The Public Works Director is responsible for overseeing the activities and operations of these divisions; coordinating assigned activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; and providing highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.

The Public Works Director position became vacant following the resignation of Greg Lanning earlier this year. Prall had been serving as the interim Public Works Director since August.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

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