Carter Delleney's biggest professional accomplishments made lives better for Tyler residents.
For the past decade, Delleney has served as Tyler's city engineer — the lead engineer over city projects.
His last day was Friday. He is transitioning from working for taxpayers to working for a private firm.
Delleney's day-to-day work wasn't glamorous — involving approving design plans, specs and working with contractors — but at the end of it was something new that the community could use.
Delleney has overseen the design and construction of roadways, fire stations, walking trails, drainage projects and more.
"I love being able to wake up in the morning and think, 'I get to be the city engineer for 100,000 people in Tyler. I get to be in this role, and I'm privileged to be able to have a positive impact on their lives.'"
Delleney began with the city in 2007 as a consultant, working for the
firm Freeze and Nichols, which the city contracted with for engineering services. Then-city manager Mark McDaniel liked Delleney and offered him a full-time position as city engineer a year later. At that point, Delleney stopped working for the firm.
"I got to work right away on one major project — the Grande Boulevard extension from Southerland to Texas 110 was under construction," he said. "It was boots on the ground, trial by fire. Old Omen Road was being widened from University to Old Bascom. There were a lot of major projects going on."
At the time, construction was finishing on Fire Stations No. 7 and No. 10, he said.
"We get the idea, we massage them, design them and construct them," Delleney said. "As a civil engineer, that's a dream come true — to see a project from an idea to becoming something tangible."
Delleney oversaw creation of Earl Campbell Parkway, from start to finish. He also oversaw construction of Fire Station No. 5, extension of West Cumberland Road, construction of the Tyler Police Station in Faulkner Park, completion of Fair Plaza Parking Garage, upgrading of Tyler's longest airport runway and countless drainage projects.
He oversaw the implementation of the city's first flashing yellow-arrow light, which allows drivers to take a left turn if it is safe. It took the place of a solid green light.
"Now we have many around town," he said. "I got to be a part of the adaptive control systems for the traffic signals. It was super-smart software that could see a load of traffic coming through and could help the traffic progress through."
Delleney was staff liaison for the Half-Cent Sales Tax Board, which decides how to spend the $13 million a year that is collected through a portion of taxes paid on purchased items in Tyler.
In that role, he had a hand in roughly $120 million worth of projects over a decade.
Now, Delleney will be working for Adams Engineering, doing the job he was doing before his time at the city — working as an engineering consultant to governmental entities.
"I still want to see things go from an idea to a reality, and I can still do that in a different role," Delleney said.