John Gay begins work in E.C. as associate city engineer

September 10, 2001

John A. Gay, an Imperial Valley native and state-licensed structural engineer, has begun work for the city of El Centro as an associate city engineer.

"I am extremely pleased to have John on board," said City Engineer Ken Skillman. "He is a highly qualified professional who will add some depth to our engineering department."

Gay comes to the city from Burkett and Wong Engineering of San Diego. During his two years with the firm, he coordinated and designed a number of municipal and private engineering projects as well as worked with forensic engineering experts involved in litigation concerning design flaws.

Prior to joining Burkett and Wong, Gay worked for about two years with the Holt Group in both its Blythe and El Centro offices. He served for a year as a resident engineer during a $3 million expansion of a wastewater treatment plant in Indio, monitoring all aspects of construction and aiding in trouble-shooting design issues.


While with the Holt Group, Gay worked with local, state and federal agencies in development of engineering reports for several cities seeking loans and grants for infrastructure improvements and expansions to municipal water systems.

He also worked with the city of Blythe in development and management of grading, street, utility and site plans as well as tentative and final maps.

Gay, who grew up in Brawley, is a graduate of Brawley Union High School. He attended Imperial Valley College prior to transferring to University of California, San Diego, where he completed his bachelor's degree in structural engineering in 1997.

While in college, he worked as an engineering intern with the San Diego Country Water Authority, as a scientific aide with the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture's whitefly eradication project and as a biological aide and utility worker for the Imperial Irrigation District's hydrilla eradication project.

Gay and his wife, Kitty, have purchased a home in El Centro.

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