Jack Rogers

After nearly 30 years of public service, Jack Rogers retired at the beginning of March as the City of Durango’s Director of Public Works. Jack graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering. He worked for the U.S. Public Health Service on Indian lands in northern Arizona and New Mexico for 8 years. He left to work for a consulting engineering firm in Grand Junction, Colorado and then became the City Engineer for the City of Durango in September of 1982. Jack became the Public Works Director for Durango in 1983. In this capacity he was responsible for the City's public works including its water system, wastewater system, road system, solid waste and recycling operations, and engineering efforts over the years. As head of the water division for the City he was responsible for protection and development of the City's water rights, water treatment facilities, and water distribution system. In addition, he was responsible for improvements to the Durango’s water treatment plant, and securing additional supplies of water to meet the City's long term water supply needs. In honor of his hard work and years of service, the City’s in-town reservoir was officially designated as the Otha “Jack” Rogers Reservoir.