Steve Burgos, currently manager of the Public Works Department’s environmental division, will take over his new duties as director on Dec. 23 upon the retirement of Neal Oldemeyer, the department’s current director.
“Steve is already a well-respected leader, not only for Public Works Department, but for the entire city,” said Mayor Bieter. “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.”
Burgos, who joined the City of Boise in 2014, played instrumental roles in developing the city’s first LIV District in downtown Boise’s Central Addition neighborhood, the construction of the Dixie Drain phosphorus removal facility and the drafting of the city’s first Livability Report.
Burgos will assume responsibility for a multi-faceted department with a $88.2 million budget and over 250 employees tasked with providing engineering, sustainability, operational and environmental services, and facilities management. Specifically, the Public Works Department provides residents with wastewater collection and treatment, trash collection and recycling, management of Boise’s unique geothermal heating system in around downtown Boise. The department also provides engineering support for public streetlights, storm water drainage, hillside protection, flood plain review, construction management, and sustainability planning and initiatives.
Before joining the City of Boise as manager of the environmental division, Burgos was a senior manager for Brown and Caldwell Environmental Consultants’ Boise office from 2005 to 2014 where he rose to the position of vice president. He worked at Black and Veatch Environmental Consultants as a business development and project manager from 2000 to 2005. From 1995 to 2000, he served in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University in 1995.