Steamboat Springs hires new city engineer

Matthew Phillips
City of Steamboat Springs/Courtesy photo

Steamboat Springs has hired Matthew Phillips into the role of city engineer, overseeing a team of five full-time employees and several contracted services within the city’s Engineering Division.

According to a news release, the team works on a variety of infrastructure projects for the city, including new infrastructure during development, building permit review, drainage and stormwater management, and capital project improvement.

“Matt not only brings ‘in-the-dirt’ hands-on experience to the position, but he also possesses the unique ability to collaborate across a diverse group bridging technical and non-technical areas together while never losing his sense of humor,” Public Works Director Jon Snyder said in the release. “We’re fortunate to have Matt join us as the community looks at several significant projects ahead in the near future.”

Prior to his move to Steamboat, Phillips held the position of Capital Projects Manager for Frisco, Texas, a growing suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In his role, he oversaw a yearly average of 40 complex road, water, wastewater and reuse water public works infrastructure projects from concept to competition, totaling a combined cost of $240 million.

Phillips, who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University, also held various roles with the Texas Department of Transportation over a 13-year stretch, including road design, construction, maintenance, and operations of local and regional transportation initiatives.

“I wanted to find the perfect location to blend my professional expertise and high ethical standards with an active outdoor lifestyle, and Steamboat Springs is that place,” Phillips said. “I couldn’t let this opportunity pass, and I am excited to help shape the future of this vibrant town.”

Phillips and his wife, Sarah, will relocate to Steamboat Springs prior to his first day as city engineer on Monday, Oct. 24.

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