Centennial, Colo.’s PWD: How we manage our public works partnership
When Centennial, Colo., began considering whether it would outsource its public works services or create an in-house department, Dave Zelenok was hired as a contractor to help determine the costs and benefits of each. In 2008, the city entered a five-year, public-private partnership for public works services, and Zelenok was hired as the city's public works director to manage the contract.
To keep the partnership flexible and easy to manage, Zelenok uses an intricate system for assigning value to each public works task, detailed record keeping and independent audits. Zelenok spoke with American City & County to explain how the city decided to outsource public works services and the details of how he manages the private contractor.