Jeff Bryant, a licensed professional engineer and Republican nominee, kicked off his general election campaign for highway supervisor.
Bryant, a Montgomery County native, is a graduate of Montgomery Central High School and the University of Tennessee at Martin. After earning his engineering degree, Bryant worked for local firm DBS and Associates before joining the Clarksville street department as a project manager in 2007. While working full time, he earned his Tennessee professional engineer’s license in 2011.
As a project manager for the Clarksville street department, Bryant is responsible for managing multi-million dollar roadway improvement projects, analyzing stormwater systems, overseeing the city’s new sidewalk plan and implementing the city’s pavement management system. Most recently, Bryant used his professional engineering license to oversee the $16 million Withheld Road and $30 million Tylertown Road and Oakland Road improvement projects.
After winning the Republican nomination in March, Bryant kicked off his general election campaign by highlighting his vision for a rapid modernization of the county highway department. The key points highlighted also included new opportunities opened to the county by having a licensed professional engineer leader.
“By working together, we can modernize the county highway department to save taxpayers money while maintaining our high quality road network,” Bryant said. “Through modern techniques like implementing a pavement management system, we can actually save the county money by using technology to more accurately track the health of our roadways.”
Bryant highlighted a plan to overhaul the current pre-scheduled pavement process with a new process, which he said would better schedule roadway improvements and preventative maintenance based on the current health of county roads.
Bryant also highlighted the key benefits of having a licensed professional engineer leading the local highway department. Currently the highway department, which doesn’t have a licensed PE on staff, contracts for roadway plans that require engineering signoff.
“If we take the plan review process in house, the county highway department stands to save thousands of dollars that can be reinvested to improvements in our road network,” Bryant said. “If elected, these are day-one benefits I can bring to the highway department.”
In addition to highlighting the cost savings of in-house engineering approval, Bryant also said he is the only candidate with the certifications necessary to locally manage state and federal government funded projects. In some cases, local management of state and federally funded projects has allowed scheduled roadway projects to proceed more quickly from planning to implementation.
“Montgomery County has never been able to self-manage state and federally funded projects,” Bryant said. “However, I have the qualifications and experiences necessary to manage projects through the TDOT Local Programs Development Office, which gives the county new opportunities to advance projects funded through means other than local government.
“My education and experience makes me uniquely qualified to lead the highway department. With a licensed professional engineer as the highway supervisor, the county stands to gain immediate and tangible benefits.”
The election for county highway supervisor will take place Aug. 6, with early voting available at the Montgomery County Election Commission between July 17 and Aug. 1.