City Manager Morgan Smith announced Wednesday several changes to leadership roles in the Public Works Department.
On September 1, Public Works Director Barry Loveless will retire from his position as Public Works Director but will remain a part-time City employee leading the completion of the City’s $20 million Police and Municipal Court Facility project during the next 18 to 24 months. The project involves renovation of an 18,000-square-foot medical building the City has agreed to purchase from CHI Franciscan Health.
Loveless, who led the Public Works Department for nearly six years, has an extensive background in public works and engineering functions, including 15 years in leadership positions throughout Kitsap County public agencies and more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy.
“I am proud of the team we have put together and what we have accomplished during my time as Director,” said Loveless.
Under Loveless’ leadership, the City has improved its day-to-day performance in many areas, such as roads maintenance, operation of utilities, storm response, reviewing and inspecting private developments, and managing the right-of-way. The most visible accomplishments include renovating Waterfront Park and the City Dock, improving utilities and sidewalks along Wing Point Way, improving the road shoulders along Miller and Fletcher Bay Roads, completing the first segment of the Sound to Olympics Trail, and soon-to-be completed non-motorized improvements along Olympic Drive.
“I am grateful for Barry’s outstanding leadership during these last six years,” said Smith. “His professional experience and pragmatic leadership were instrumental in the City’s progress towards more coordinated and efficient stewardship of our extensive infrastructure portfolio. I am extremely pleased that he has agreed to stay on to direct the Police-Court project, which is a significant legacy project for our community. Barry is uniquely qualified to help deliver this complex project successfully, and we are both excited to be moving forward after many years of planning and consideration.”
Smith has appointed Chris Wierzbicki to fill the role of Public Works Director. Wierzbicki has more than 20 years of engineering and planning experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. A familiar face at City Hall, Wierzbicki previously worked at the City of Bainbridge Island for six years as the Deputy Planning Director and City Engineer. He is currently the Executive Director of Futurewise, an organization that advocates for sustainable and equitable land-use and transportation policy throughout Washington State. Wierzbicki previously served as the Deputy Director of King County Road Services.
Wierzbicki, a Bainbridge Island resident, is excited to once again serve his local community. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity during the past 12 years to live and raise a family on Bainbridge, and am looking forward to helping steward our natural and built environment in ways that will benefit the next generation of islanders – particularly, ensuring the protection of our water resources and providing safe alternatives for multi-modal transportation.”
Wierzbicki will begin his new position on July 31.