Castle Rock has selected a new director of public works roughly seven months after its previous director retired, and although the town launched a national search to fill the vacancy, the new leader …
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Castle Rock has selected a new director of public works roughly seven months after its previous director retired, and although the town launched a national search to fill the vacancy, the new leader is a familiar face in town.
Daniel Sailer was selected by Town Manager David Corliss and confirmed as the new director by the town council on Jan. 7. His appointment was approved as part of the council's consent agenda, a group of agenda items that are voted on together at the beginning of each meeting.
“I'm really fortunate,” Sailer said. “It's a great team to have worked with over the last 20 years and I'm just really excited to begin the new role.”
Sailer has served as the interim director since former Director of Public Works Bob Goebel retired in June. Goebel began with Castle Rock in 2002 and served as public works director since 2005.
Corliss said the town reviewed roughly 30 resumes during a nationwide search, but he was drawn to Sailer's historical knowledge of the town and past performance.
“He knows (Castle Rock) thoroughly and completely and has been a key part of some very important projects,” Corliss said. “He knows we've got a lot of challenges but is up to the task of putting the resources that the community provides us to effective and efficient use.”
Sailer served six years with the U.S. Air Force before joining town staff in 2001 as a transportation engineering manager. In the military, he held several civil engineering positions and emergency operations positions.
In Castle Rock, he was promoted in 2012 to engineering manager and to assistant director of public works later that year. Corliss said Sailer was instrumental in projects like the North Meadows Extension. The $85 million project added two miles of road in 2016 connecting The Meadows to U.S. Highway 85 and Interstate 25.
Sailer will make the town's five-year capital improvements plan and the pavement maintenance plan two of his top priorities moving forward, he said. Capital improvements will help the town address growth-related congestion, which he called a “a stressor for our community.”
“We're adding new lane miles onto the road network and so trying to ensure that we're maintaining that important asset over its lifespan is critical for us,” he said of the pavement maintenance program.
Corliss said the town's growth is the biggest challenge facing the public works department because it creates a need for more transportation infrastructure.
As interim director, Sailer helped oversee the launch of a transit feasibility study the town expects to complete this year, an example of his innovative approach to solving town problems, Corliss said.
“We're excited to have Dan leading those efforts and we look forward to continuing excellent service in that area,” Corliss said.
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