Park City’s long-time Public Works Director, Jerry Gibbs, announced his retirement this afternoon at the Park City Rotary Club meeting. Gibbs will retire on December 31, 2009 after more than 26 years of public service to Park City.

When Gibbs came to work for Park City in August 1983 the population was less than 3,000. His plan was to stay three to five years. “There was always a new challenge or project to keep me interested”, he explained, “and before I knew it, 26 years had gone by.”” In reflecting on his tenure with Park City, Gibbs commented that he was “especially proud of the significant improvements in the City’s water quality and delivery.”

“Jerry has been a colleague and a friend to many over the years,” City Manager, Tom Bakaly commented. “His value to the City extends well beyond his professional skills. He has a tremendous institutional knowledge base that City staff, residents and the business community have called upon over the years.” Bakaly added that Public Works Department is part of a self-managed team and while Gibbs departure will leave a void, “his retirement also provides an opportunity for internal professional development.”

Gibbs will miss the high caliber of the people with whom he’s worked over the years and is thankful for the opportunity he’s had to live and work in such a remarkable place. Gibbs’ immediate plans are to relax, enjoy his family and the upcoming ski season.