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City appoints senior engineering leader

October 20 2015

Bus, cars, cyclists, and pedestrians on Burrard Street Bridge

The City of Vancouver has appointed Jerry Dobrovolny as the new general manager, engineering services, following an international search.

As general manager of engineering services, Jerry will be responsible for overseeing six divisions with 25 branches, 1,900 employees, and an annual budget of over $485 million.

He will also oversee key City files such as the future of the viaducts, Broadway Subway, and the continued implementation of the City's Greenest City, Transportation 2040, zero waste, and climate change adaptation objectives.

Jerry has been the acting city engineer since April 2015 following the retirement of Peter Judd.

New general manager brings 27 years of department experience

Having joined the City of Vancouver in 1988 as assistant waterworks engineer, Jerry brings 27 years of experience in the City's engineering department. He has worked in a number of key senior leadership roles as well as being a member of the City's Corporate Management Team.

For the past 10 years he has been the City's director of transportation where he created an internationally recognized transportation division where a strong focus on cycling, walking, and transit has allowed the city to grow without adding roads.

As director of transportation, Jerry was responsible for all aspects of Vancouver's transportation system, including strategic planning, traffic and data management, active transportation, neighborhood parking and transportation, parking operations, and filming and special events.

Achievements as director of transportation

While director of transportation, he has overseen the advancement of numerous Council priorities such as the Green Mobility section of the Greenest City Action Plan, downtown separated bike lanes, Burrard Bridge bike lanes, expansion of the food cart program, and the creation of VIVA Vancouver.

Jerry led the development of the award-winning Host City Olympic Transportation Plan.

He also devised and executed the strategy behind the City's Transportation 2040 Plan which involved more than 50 key partners. His work included the development of policy framework to address 183 transportation recommendations and was completed ahead of schedule and within budget.

Accomplishments before joining the City

Prior to joining the City of Vancouver, Jerry was an offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League for five years where he played for the Calgary Stampeders, Montreal Alouettes, and Ottawa Rough Riders.

Jerry holds a masters of business administration from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor of applied sciences in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia.

He is also a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and the Public Works Association.