On December 31, 2016, Public Works Director Rick Smith retired after 29 years of service with Sandy City. Rick followed an unusual path to his career in Sandy. He studied psychology and when he was just “a few quarters away from a PhD,” he said, Rick realized he found greater joy in working with his hands. He started working for Salt Lake City in the Fleet Management Department, moved to Provo City General Services, and then was hired by Sandy City in 1988 as the Assistant Director of the Public Works Department. Less than 6 years later, he was promoted to Public Works Director in 1994.
When Rick was hired at Sandy in 1988, the city was transitioning and growing from a rural town to a more suburban city. He notes Sandy was a “progressive city” and at the time of his hiring, “there were lots of changes…lots of infrastructure, lots of developments, lots of business.”
Sandy City has progressed beyond a small suburban community today and is constantly implementing more infrastructure, improvements, development and amenities to support our growing population. Rick Smith has been instrumental in these great changes in the City over the last 29 years. Most recently, his projects included the Monroe Street widening & extension, the 13th East improvements, the 13th East pedestrian bridge, and purchasing the right of way on Highland Drive to preserve a corridor for a future extension.
One of Rick’s passions is repairing and creating new guitars and plans on spending more time with this hobby
in retirement. Rick will be greatly missed at Sandy City and we thank him for 29 amazing years of service!