December 2017

California Association Awards Get Emotional


On December 1 Richard Tippett, Trinity County Department of Transportation Director, was awarded the 2017 California County Engineer of the Year during the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC) conference in Sacramento. CEAC and NACE also recognized Phil Demery and Max Bridges who lost their homes in the recent wild fires.

For the County Engineer of the Year award, Rick is known as a champion of safety. “If it is not safe, it is not getting built,” says Rick. If you could take a ride through the plethora of experiences which Rick has navigated over the last 25 years, you find that his number one priority … above all else, safety.

Rick Tippett, Trinity County DOT Director, and John Presleigh, CEAC President and Director of Santa Cruz County Public Works.


Rick’s career in local government began with the City of Auburn as a project engineer in 1995. Rick then joined the City of Roseville in 1997 managing the Traffic Engineering Section at one of its most dynamic times, overseeing the design and installation of 50 new traffic signals in the City over the next 7 years, opening numerous roads. In Roseville, Rick set standards that are still used today in the construction of traffic signals

But during that time the project which gave him the greatest satisfaction was laying the foundation for a roundabout at the new Galleria Mall– a project that resonates with Rick’s passion for safety.

In 2004 he became the City Engineer in Placerville. He gained valuable insight which equipped him to link “big city” traffic problems and solutions to “rural communities” and fueled his drive to look for more innovated ways to do projects not only quicker, but above all - safer.

Rick has served Trinity County since 2009 as their Director of Transportation. Rick has served as the local representative on the Program Decisions Committee for the Federal Lands Access Program and helped with the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan as the Roadway Departures Co-Lead. He continues to be the rural counties representative on the Transportation Cooperative Committee for CEAC and the Rural Counties Task Force representative on the Highway Safety Improvement Program Advisory Committee.

Phil Demery, NACE President in 2010, receives a re-engraved presidential plaque from President Brian Keierleber. 

Max Bridges and Phil Demery receive remade plaques from CLODS.  

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