Public Works Department

Department Vision: Enhancing quality of life through excellent service, dedication and organizational commitment.

Department Mission: We are dedicated to integrity and fiscally responsible stewardship of the environment and public infrastructure through excellent and efficient customer service

Department Purpose

Public Works designs, builds and maintains the City’s water, wastewater, storm drain, street, sidewalk, park, landscape, urban forest and related infrastructure. The department is also responsible for managing various city facilities including buildings, building systems, parking lots, shelters as well as the entire fleet for the City of Gilroy. The department prepares and coordinates the capital budget for facilities and the capital and maintenance budgets for all City infrastructure.

Public Works reviews new developments to ensure that all new public infrastructure is in compliance with City, State and Federal codes, regulations and standards.

The department oversees the capital budget and operation of the South County Regional Wastewater Authority (SCRWA).  SCRWA treats the wastewater for the Cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill and produces recycled water for South Santa Clara County.

Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
The Department of Public Works is tasked with managing the City's 2-year and 5-year CIP. The department is responsible for the following:  

  • Identifying existing system deficiencies and proposing improvements to enhance system reliability (Maintenance Related).
  • Summarizing improvements needed to service anticipated future growth (Capacity Related).
  • Developing a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with 2 year, 5 year and 20 year plus planning horizons.
  • Overseeing the planning, design, construction and commissioning of city infrastructure.