Gerald “Gerry” Smith
Senior Project Manager, Skillings Connolly, Inc.
- B.S. Civil Engineering – Washington State University – 1969
Gerald E. (Gerry) Smith is a proud Cougar alum that began his career while an undergraduate at WSU. While earning his BSCE on the Pullman campus he worked summers for the then Washington State Department of Highways as a surveyor and construction inspector. This experience helped him win a scholarship from the US Federal Highway Administration that paid for his senior year.
Gerry joined the Department of Highways (soon to be Department of Transportation) on graduation and had a series of jobs in highway planning, design, and construction. He was the Northwest Region Operations Engineer, Washington State Ferry System Engineering Superintendent, Southwest Region Administrator, and retired in 2001 as Deputy Secretary for Operations and Chief Engineer. In this role, he was responsible for all engineering, construction, and maintenance. He provided oversight on over $2 billion in program delivery and managed 6000 employees. An interesting task was leading the team negotiating the contract for the construction of the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
In 2001 Gerry entered the private sector as a consultant for Skillings Connolly, Inc. He moved to Montana and managed a 53-mile highway project on US 93 for the Montana Department of Transportation. From 2005 through 2008 Gerry was with David Evans and Associates and consulted on various projects around the US including the rebuild of Route 9A (West Street) in lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site, Ground Zero.
Since 2009 Gerry is again with Skillings Connolly, Inc. where he is a Senior Project Manager and also manages the company’s construction management group. He continues his dedication to public service via design and construction of street and road projects for small cities and counties in western Washington.