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Department Description

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for: County-maintained roads; traffic engineering; land development civil engineering review; design engineering and construction management; land surveying and map processing; cartographic services; watershed quality and flood protection; County Airports; solid waste planning and diversion; inactive landfills;  wastewater systems management; and special districts.


Preserve, enhance and promote quality of life and public safety through the responsible development of reliable and sustainable infrastructure and services.

Commitment:  Promote a culture that provides responsive service through highly motivated, professional and knowledgeable staff in a safe, fair and efficient work environment.

Integrity:  Provide leadership and promote collaboration to balance stakeholder interests.

Stewardship:  Manage resources to continually improve services, and balance safety and infrastructure needs with protection of the environment.


Richard E. Crompton
Richard Crompton currently serves as Director of the County of San Diego Department of Public Works (DPW). Before appointment to this position, he served as the department’s Assistant Director.

In his current position he oversees all aspects of DPW’s four divisions: Land Development, Transportation, Engineering Services and Management Services. The department 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 196 bridges, flood control systems, wastewater processing, operation of eight airports and more.

Before coming to the County, Mr. Crompton served in the U.S. Navy in a variety of public works and construction management assignments in San Diego; Bahrain; Havelock, North Carolina; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Pensacola, Florida; and Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

Mr. Crompton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Florida. He is a Registered Civil Engineer in California and Alabama

The Department consists of four divisions responsible for a variety of activities. These range from the construction and maintenance of roads and highways in the unincorporated areas of the county, to the management of the region's sanitation and flood control districts. It also includes construction, operation and maintenance of regional general aviation airports, such as McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad and Gillespie Field in El Cajon. 

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