New public works director familiar with area

Q&A with Michael DeVol

Posted 8/21/17

Michael DeVol has been selected to serve as public works director for the Town of Elizabeth. He and his wife, Kelly, have lived in the town of Elbert for 32 years. They have been married 29 years and have three children and two grandchildren. DeVol …

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New public works director familiar with area

Q&A with Michael DeVol

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Michael DeVol has been selected to serve as public works director for the Town of Elizabeth. He and his wife, Kelly, have lived in the town of Elbert for 32 years. They have been married 29 years and have three children and two grandchildren. DeVol spends his free time with family, and going hunting, fishing and camping.

What was your previous role with the city?

I’ve been employed with the Town of Elizabeth for over eight years as public works operator/supervisor.

Can you provide an overview of your previous experience related to public works?

I worked for Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority for nine years serving as water and wastewater lead operations, and construction projects manager.

Why did you choose to go into public works?

I entered into public works to protect the environment and drinking water supply for future generations. Clean wastewater discharges protect downstream users and ensure clean waterways for humans, recreation, wildlife, and domestic livestock.

What do you see as the biggest challenges the Town of Elizabeth is facing today?

The biggest challenges for the town are responsible growth, increased water consumption, reuse of wastewater, storm drainage, parks, traffic volumes, streets, and parking.

What are you going to do to address these challenges?

I plan to work with all town staff as a team to implement planned procedures and innovative ideas to help ensure the growth of the town is done responsibly.

What public works issue or concept do you think is the most important for your community residents to understand and support? How will you help them understand and support it?

Public Works serves as the first line of defense for the environment, responsible growth, and overall well-being of the great community of Elizabeth for generations to come, and I believe that can be accomplished through listening to the public while using my experience to serve the public.

What aspect(s) of this role are you most looking forward to?

Communicating with the public as a team member along with town staff and board of trustees to make educated decisions and implementing well-planned processes.

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