City of Steamboat hires veteran to lead Public Works department

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Charles "Chuck" Anderson

— The city has hired a veteran Air Force commander to take over its Public Works department.

Command Chief Master Sgt. Charles V. “Chuck” Anderson will begin his new duties in Steamboat Springs on Aug. 15, taking over for former Public Works Director Philo Shelton, who left the city in early June to take a similar position in Los Alamos, N.M.

In a news released issued late Thursday, Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts said he is “extremely pleased and proud that the city of Steamboat Springs is hiring a veteran of military service.” Roberts’ two sons serve in the Air Force.

According to the city, Anderson is retiring from the Air Force after 26 years of service. He most recently served as the command chief master sergeant of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, according to an Air Force Web page.

“Through his positions with the Air Force, Anderson was responsible for advising commanders in the Department of Defense and also obtained years of experience managing large groups of employees, working with construction projects and water conservation and managing large budgets while working with significant reduction in funding,” the city’s news release states.

Anderson is moving to Steamboat with his wife and six children. He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and joined the Air Force in 1985, according to his bio page on the Malmstrom Air Force Base website. He has a bachelor’s degree in resource management from Troy University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., among other associate degrees and course certificates.

Roberts said Anderson was selected from a pool of 60 applicants.

“Chuck Anderson was clearly the best fit for the city of Steamboat Springs,” Roberts said.

Steamboat’s public works director oversees about 65 employees in the utilities, waste-water treatment, engineering, special projects, transit, Steamboat Springs Airport and streets/fleet departments.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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