Public Works


The Alachua County Department of Public Works provides stewardship of assigned county-owned infrastructure and equipment, and works with the community to support growth that balances environmental, social and community development.

The Engineering & Operations Department of Alachua County Public Works has seven functional divisions: Development Review & Emergency Management, Transportation Engineering, Road & Bridge, Construction Inspection, Survey & Real Property, Critical Facilities, and Fleet Management.

Also housed in our Hague headquarters is the Administration Department, which is an independent support department.           


Public Works Director, Ramon Gavarrete, P.E.

Since May 31, 2016, Ramon has served as the Public Works Director and County Engineer for Alachua County, Florida.  As such, he oversees the Engineering, Surveying, Traffic Operations, Fleet Management, Critical Facilities, Real Property, and the Road & Bridge divisions. 

With an estimated population of 266,000, Alachua County is home to the University of Florida, Go Gators!  In his current position, Ramon is responsible for major functional areas of the Public Works including planning and administration of capital projects relating to transportation infrastructure, road and bridge maintenance, transportation improvement programs, development review, emergency management, planning and coordinating technical engineering services for transportation and storm water management, and overseeing development and implementation of programs, practices and procedures for the division. On January, 2018, Public Works welcomed a new division known as Critical Facilities which includes building maintenance and capital projects for all 24/7 operations; including Public Works.

Previously, from May of 1996 until his employment with Alachua County, he served the residents of Highlands County, Florida, as County Engineer & Solid Waste Director.  Prior to his employment with Highlands County, he was employed with CALTRANS and the Florida Department of Transportation.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Florida International University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida.

Ramon is Past-President (2014-2015) of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) and has been a member of the Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents (FACERS) since 1998.  Ramon is also a member of ASCE, APWA, and ITE.  Ramon enjoys serving the community and as such he has been a member of Rotary International since December 4, 2003.  He served as Treasurer, President, and Past-President for the Sebring Sunrise Rotary Club.  In 2001, Ramon was the recipient of FACERS Rural Engineer of the Year and served as President of FACERS in 2003 and 2004.

Ramon has been married to Indira (Indy) for almost 28 years and they have two children, Natashia (27) and Elijah (25).​
Photo of Public Works Director, Ramon Gavarrete, PE




  • Public Works
  • 5620 N.W. 120th Lane
  • Gainesville, FL 32653
  • (352) 374-5245
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Public Works Performance Measures