John Harris, Public Works Director

Public Works Director John Harris
John grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly after high school graduation. He spent half of his enlistment in the Philippine Islands before returning to Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson. He deployed to Southeast Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He later enlisted in the Arizona Air National Guard where he worked on a variety of F-16 fighter aircraft programs. He worked concurrently as a Federal Civil Service employee in many of these same programs.

John spent fourteen years leading a variety of F-16 Avionics and Weapons Systems test and development programs for the Air National Guard/Air Reserve Test Center (AATC). In that capacity, he traveled extensively within the continental United States and internationally, training aircraft maintainers and pilots and retrofitting aircraft with newly developed systems. He led a three-person international Quick Response Team (QRT) that mobilized on short-notice to troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning aircraft assigned to operational units within active areas of responsibility. He retired from military service and Federal Civil Service concurrently in 2007.

John was hired as assistant city engineer in 2007 and was promoted to city engineer in early 2012. Throughout his time with the city, John has had numerous opportunities to demonstrate leadership and competence by overseeing some of the city’s most complex projects such as the Grand/Rio Grande Improvement Project and construction of the Airport Sewer Trunk Line. The Public Works Department is the largest of all city departments and embodies many of the core functions of city government.

John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and is licensed as a professional engineer in the State of Colorado.

John, along with his wife Jennifer and his son Drew, live on a small farm in Delta where they raise pigs and chickens and grow hay. They enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities available on the West Slope including camping, hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, skiing, and snowshoeing.