February 23, 2019

About Us

Kern County Public Works Department

Our Mission

Plan, design, construct and maintain the safest, most cost-effective public roadways for the movement of people and goods.

To accomplish this task we are committed to:

  • Recognizing the traveling public as our customer and focusing on service to them;
  • Being innovative in finding better ways to accomplish our tasks, while not forgetting the lessons of our past;
  • Identifying the tasks which we perform most cost-effectively and finding better methods for accomplishing those we don't;
  • And encouraging our employees' education, initiative, and commitment to excellence.

Our Function

Your county Public Works Department designs, constructs, and maintains the county road facilities within Kern County; we also issue transportation and encroachment permits for county roadways; respond to road-related complaints from the public; and administer the county's rural public transit system.

Our History

The Road Fund was established April 2, 1866. The Collier-Burns Act, adopted by the State Legislature on January 1, 1948, provides for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges based on the areas of greatest need within the county. This act also provides for the appointment of a County Road Commissioner by the Board of Supervisors.

On March 26, 1979, the Board of Supervisors directed the merger of the Road Fund with the Public Works Department.  On July 1, 1992, upon Board order, the Public Works Department was reorganized and its staff and responsibilities for Roads and Transit were placed under the direction of the Resource Management Agency.  The current director, Craig M. Pope, was appointed Road Commissioner by the Board of Supervisors on October 11, 1994.  Following another reorganization in July 2011, the Agency was dissolved and the Roads Department and its Transit Division began reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors.

Our Organization

The Road Commissioner's office is located on the 4th Floor of the Public Services Building at 2700 M Street (Golden State and M Street) in Bakersfield. Our phone number is 661-862-8850, our fax number is 661-862-8851, or you can e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Public Services Building
2700 M Street, Suite 400 
Bakersfield, CA 93301-2358

Phone: 661-862-8850
FAX: 661-862-8851