Eagan public works director Tom Colbert retires, leaves legacy

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When Tom Colbert started as Eagan’s first public works director in 1978, he was faced with the challenge of building an entire department from the ground up.

“It was a daunting task, but I love the opportunity to build anew,” said Colbert, who retired May 4.

The city was growing rapidly and had a small department to accommodate new developments.

Eagan had only 12 public works employees and no director. Most of the work was managed by consultants. Colbert was handed the task of expanding the department and creating standards, while overseeing public works projects. See more in Jessica Harper’s Sun Thisweek story.


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