Photos by the Club and courtesy Public Works/Engineering

Gary Lee Moore

On July 29, the City Council held a special farewell to City Engineer Gary Lee Moore on his retirement as the second longest serving City Engineer. Ted Allen, Deputy City Engineer, was approved by the City Council as the new City Engineer on Aug. 9.

Congratulations to both Gary Lee Moore on an incredible career, and to Ted Allen for his promotion.

Most recently, Retired City Engineer Gary Lee Moore led the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project for the City. As City Engineer, Moore led a world-class organization of 955 engineers, architects, surveyors and support staff.

Since being named City Engineer in 2003, Moore oversaw the completion of 1,697 projects totaling more than $5.8 billion. As the General Manager of Public Works/Engineering, Moore oversaw the City’s planning, design and construction of public facilities, the City’s GIS mapping and programs that regulate private construction and development affecting the public right-of-way. Moore oversaw a current annual operating budget of $196 million.

Moore, an accomplished executive and professional engineer, was a recognized leader in bringing sustainability practices into the design and construction of City projects. According to a City Council resolution on his retirement:

“City Engineer Gary Lee Moore has overseen the completion of 2,600 projects totaling $7 billion, including the $588 million Sixth Street Viaduct, the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles. City Engineer Gary Lee Moore led the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and has overseen other notable projects including: the Police Administration Building; the Griffith Observatory Renovation and Expansion Project; 2,845 beds of interim housing for those experiencing homelessness; 30 bridge projects; 22 new Fire Stations and facilities; 18 new libraries; 15 new Police Stations and facilities; 15 new swimming pools; 200 park projects; 46 Proposition 0 projects; seven new animal services centers; seven new Los Angeles Zoo exhibits; renovation of the Unesco World Heritage historic Hollyhock House; 492 projects improving the processes of the four water reclamation plants within the City; 814 miles of sewer repairs; 125 miles of sidewalk repairs under the Sidewalk Repair Program; Transportation’s Bus Maintenance Facility; the Wilshire Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit; and the Santa Monica Boulevard Transit Parkway,” among many other initiatives. Moore also served as interim Executive Director of the Harbor in 2013 and 2014.

Ted Allen

Ted Allen has served the City for nearly 29 years. He started his career with the Public Works/Engineering in 1993 as a Civil Engineering Assistant, shortly after graduating from UCLA with a degree in civil engineering. He has served the last eight years as Deputy City Engineer, when he oversaw key projects including BuildLA, the Racial Equity Action Plan, and led BOE’s technology strategy department wide.

As City Engineer and Executive Director of the Bureau of Engineering, Allen will lead the Bureau’s delivery of an estimated 400 projects totaling $3.8 billion and 20,000 permits annually.

Congratulations to Gary Lee Moore on his retirement from the City of Los Angeles! Moore served as interim executive director of the Port of Los Angeles from 2013 to 2014.


Here are a few of the notable projects led by now-Retired Gary Lee Moore: