Arvada, CO…….. After 23 years with the City of Arvada, the last six of which he spent as the Director
of Public Works and Utilities, James E. Root announced his pending retirement on August 1, 2011.
Many significant projects were completed during Root’s six years as Director and the prior 18 years he
served as Arvada’s City Engineer, including the connection of W. 72nd Avenue between Kipling and
Pierce Streets; the extension of Ralston Road from Lamar Street to Sheridan Boulevard; the Van Bibber
flood control project; and the grade separation of Wadsworth Bypass from the Burlington Northern Santa
Fe Railroad and Grandview Avenue.
City Manager Craig G. Kocian, who is retiring on September 1, stated, “It has been my privilege to work
with Jim Root for the past 14 years, and also during my first term as City Manager between 1976 and
1981 when Jim was a staff engineer. He is a consummate professional who has contributed much to the
sound infrastructure of our community.”
Beyond the City of Arvada, Root’s impressive career includes serving as Water and Sewer Manager
for the City of Lakewood, Colorado; Vice President and Chief Civil Engineer for Richard Weingardt
Consultants, Inc. in Denver, Colorado; and Engineering Technician roles for the Colorado Department
of Highways. He has served on numerous metropolitan organizations including the Denver Regional
Council of Governments (DRCOG) Water Resources Management Advisory Committee and
Transportation Advisory Committee. He is a member of the American Public Works Association, the
American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Colorado Association
of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers, and Engineers Without Borders. Mr. Root is a Registered
Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the
University of Colorado.