Workman has varied background
By Jennifer Eisenbart
In terms of a hiring process producing the best result, both the City of Burlington and its new Director of Public Works Craig Workman are ecstatic.
“I’m delighted,” said Workman, who was announced as the new director last week. “The process that I went through was comprehensive and complete.
“Had it been a standard interview process, I think I’d be a little bit nervous,” he added. “But since Burlington went through such an exhaustive effort … I really feel like they did their due diligence to find the right candidate.”
Workman, the Director of Public Works at Fontana since March 2003, will replace Connie Wilson – who retired in August.
Workman is scheduled to begin work on Dec. 10.
Mayor Bob Miller, who sat in on the interview process with City Administrator Kevin Lahner through each of the three finalists, called Workman “an outstanding young man.”
“Of the candidates we interviewed, he was head and shoulders above the others,” Miller said.
Workman said he’s spent a lot of time in and around Burlington, and finds that he really likes the people he’s met.
“In addition to that, there’s a real kind of quaint charm to Burlington that people are really proud of,” he added. “It lured me in.”
Workman also said the lure of a bigger department with more responsibilities appealed to him, as did Burlington having a wastewater treatment facility.
“It’s a new dynamic to my career that I’m excited about,” he said.
Miller confirmed that moving from Fontana to a larger municipality like Burlington seemed to be the next logical step in Workman’s career.
“Burlington’s a little more than half again as big as Fontana,” Miller said. “This is the next logical step up for him in his career.”
Workman’s resumé is varied and extensive. A 1996 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering, Workman spent close to two years as an environmental protection specialist with the state of Colorado, and then close to five years as a project manager with Handex Environmental Inc. – which included work on municipal and government facilities, retail petroleum sites, bulk fuel terminals and various industrial facilities.
Among the highlights of his time in Fontana include the planning and implementation of a $30 million community development project plan to revitalize the village’s aging infrastructure, and management and direction of all public works employees.