Grand Junction picks new public works director

Finalist Greg Lanning of Cheyenne, Wyo., has been chosen as the city’s new public works and utilities director.

Lanning will replace Greg Trainor, who has worked for the city as utility director and in other city positions since 1986. 

Lanning, a deputy state engineer for the state of Wyoming, was one of five finalists for the position, which attracted a pool of 67 applicants.

Lanning was the director of public works in Pocatello, Idaho, for 11 years; he has worked as the director of public works for the city of Green River, Wyo.; and has worked as public works director and city engineer for the city of Powell, Wyo. Lanning has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in civil engineering and a master of business administration degree. Lanning is a licensed professional engineer.

Lanning said he visited Grand Junction twice during the interview process, is fond of the area and is pleased that he was chosen for the position.

“Public works is what I’m good at and enjoy,” he said. “I think traditionally other public works departments do include utilities.”

Grand Junction combined the positions of public works director and utility director in one post in 2012. Trainor, who was the utility director, took over at that time. Tim Moore held the position of public works director and was promoted to deputy city manager.

Lanning, 55, said he and his wife, Lynne, will be moving to the area before March 31. Lanning is slated to start on or before that date.

“She’s really excited,” Lanning said of his wife. “She can’t wait to get settled in.”

A going-away open house for Trainor will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 20 at Two Rivers Convention Center.


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