Burien Lures Kent’s Public Works Director Larry Blanchard
KENT, Wash. – September 10, 2009 –Larry Blanchard, who has spent the last decade managing the construction and maintenance of the city’s streets, sewer and water mains is resigning as Public Works Director effective September 30.
Blanchard will leave Kent to take a position with the City of Burien as its Public Works Director.
According to Chief Administrative Officer John Hodgson, Tim Laporte, Deputy Director of Public Works, has been appointed Interim Director of the Department.
During his nearly 11-year tenure, Blanchard has been involved in some of the city's largest projects including the completion of the Col. Joe Jackson Bridge on the West Hill, the soon to be finished railroad grade separation at 228th Street and the development of Kent’s Water, Drainage, Sewer and Transportation Master Plans.
Under Blanchard’s leadership, the City received the 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007 Washington State Quality Award, the only city in the state to accomplish this number of awards of performance excellence.
In his letter of resignation, Blanchard lauded his fellow employees and the opportunity he’s been given in Kent.
“Knowing the staff has the ability to proceed forward with the many plans currently in place, I’m looking forward to this rare and exciting opportunity to assist another growing young community,” Blanchard said.
“Last month, voters approved the annexation of 14,100 people into Burien. I see this as a great opportunity to assist the Public Works Department in meeting the challenges of an expanding city,” added Blanchard. “I want to recognize and thank the Public Works staff, the City’s management team the City Council, and the Mayor. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to serve this community and its citizens.”
"Burien is very fortunate to have Larry join their organization,” said Mayor Suzette Cooke. “He has led a huge department and managed a wide span of control including the City’s engineers and utilities. I have appreciated his expertise, professionalism and his friendship. We all wish him well.”
Michelle Witham, City of Kent