Last week Gene Calvert stepped into the newly-created post of city engineer for Stephenville, coming from New Braunfels, where he served as the assistant director for the Public Works Department for the past three years. There he oversaw solid waste and recycling, streets and drainage, and facilities maintenance.

Calvert, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil/Transportation Engineering from the University of Wyoming, is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and is nationally certified as a professional traffic operations engineer.

Asked what his specific duties will be with the city, Calvert pointed to Director of Public Works Nick Williams who was present at the interview and said, “To support Nick in any way I can. Whatever I can do to help with the Public Works Department or the city of Stephenville in general, that’s what I’m here to do.”

Williams added, “We have a lot of work to do on our streets and with everything else public works has to oversee from water, solid waste, sewers, drainage and the rest of it, it’s almost more than one engineer can handle. Gene will pick up a lot of that responsibility and particularly his expertise in streets will help us do our jobs better in the department. I think we’re very fortunate to have someone of his caliber and experience coming on board.”

Calvert gave the E-T a snapshot of his career saying, “Over the past 35 years I’ve been involved in municipal engineering in Texas, Wyoming, California, Idaho and Florida. My private and public sector experience includes design and maintenance of streets and highways, traffic engineering, bridge management, storm water management, solid waste disposal, domestic water and waste water design and operations, facility management, airport operations, land development and land surveying."

He is also an author/technical advisor for 13 publications by the Federal Highway Administration, the Transportation Research Board and the National Association of County Engineers.

Calvert’s wife, Theresa, is a kindergarten teacher with an active art background, primarily as a sculptor.