Ben Gibson, Springfield Surface Operations Manager with the Operations Division will talk about what PW maintenance is all about and also the various programs that are part of Springfield Operations. He will also talk about the City’s apprenticeship program and how it operates with all the training involved.
Ben has been a public employee for the past 23 years. His career began with the City of Eugene working at the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant while attending school. He then joined the City of Springfield as a Maintenance Technician Apprentice. Over the course of 3 years, Ben graduated to Journeyman level and spent the next 4 years performing various tasks such as Emergency Response, Street maintenance and preservation, and sanitary sewer collection system rehabilitation inspections. Ben’s career progressed to construction inspection with Springfield’s Engineering Division and for the past 6 years has as an Operations Division Supervisor. Ben was born in Chehalis Washington and moved to Oregon in 1989 and is proud to be a Springfield resident. Ben has 3 wonderful children, he is a former high school football coach, currently his sons little league baseball coach, volunteers as a private security guard, and is one of the newest members of Springfield Twin Rivers Rotary.