Cory Crebbin has been the City of Medford Public Works Director since 1999. Prior to that he served in the U.S. Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps officer and worked for the City of Lacey, Washington. Cory has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and an Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Civil) in Oregon, Washington, and California. He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander.
Mr. Crebbin is currently the Chairman of the Oregon Department of Transportation Local Policy Committee and the Vice President of the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Oregon. He has published two papers: “Building the Case Against Drinking Water Treatment” (American Society of Civil Engineers Water Resources Conference, Proceedings, 1995), and “Streamlining Traffic Mitigation Fees” (Federal Highway Administration Transportation Research Board, 1997). He also implemented a preparedness program which resulted in Medford being the first city in Oregon to be designated a ‘Storm Ready City’ by the National Weather Service.
The Public Works Department management system utilizes ‘Total Quality Management’ (TQM), which is based on continuous improvement. There are limits to using TQM due to federal and state regulations, government procurement laws, etc., but the philosophy remains effective. The management vision is to provide infrastructure at the Lowest Life-Cycle Cost. This means that additional resources will be invested in a particular facility now in order to achieve reduced costs in the future. This necessitates choosing which investments will not be made in the present because the long-term benefit is lower.
Examples of projects in Medford which were based on achieving lowest life-cycle costs include the modern roundabout at the intersection of Siskiyou and Highland plus the concrete intersection at Crater Lake and McAndrews.