Pettet now director of public works |

Pettet now director of public works

Allyn Harvey

Brian Pettet, whose name has long been associated with the county road and bridge department, was quietly promoted late last year to Pitkin County’s top public works position.

Pettet took over as director of public works in December, replacing Stan Berryman, who remains with the county as a coordinator of special projects.

Pettet began working for Pitkin County in March 1992, as the road and bridge superintendent, a position he held until September 1998, when he was promoted to deputy director of public works.

As deputy director, Pettet created the County Asset Division, which is responsible for managing roads, bridges, facilities, open space, parks and trails.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in organizational leadership in 1991, and his master’s in business administration from Colorado State University in 1998. He worked for Brother’s Gourmet Coffee in Denver as its quality control manager from 1991 to 1992.

These days he serves as vice-president of the Colorado chapter of the American Public Works Association.

When he’s not at work, Pettet spends time at his Missouri Heights home with his wife, local artist Tish McFee, and their 15-month-old son, Elijah.

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