About the Director of Public Works

Interim Director

Derek Gade, Interim Director

Derek Gade serves as the Interim Director of the County of San Diego Department of Public Works (DPW).

Mr. Gade oversees all aspects of DPW’s four divisions:

Land Development


Engineering Services

Management Services

DPW is responsible for the infrastructure and transportation needs of the County. This includes design, construction and maintenance of nearly 2,000 miles of roads and 200 bridges, flood control systems, wastewater processing, operation of eight airports and more.

Mr. Gade has been with the County Department of Public Works (DPW) for over 20 years.  Prior to this new role, he was DPW’s Assistant Director for almost 8 years and an additional almost 2 years as the Deputy Director overseeing the transportation division.  Also, he led the Private Development Construction Inspection team for over 11 years.   Before coming to the County, Mr. Gade served as a Senior Civil Engineer and lower level engineering positions with the City of Campbell for 7 years.  He has over 27 years of public works experience and 22 years in public works leadership roles. 

Mr. Gade holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from San Jose State University.  He is a licensed Professional Engineering from the State of California.