Newkirk resigns from post as Bainbridge Island's public works director

The churn at Bainbridge Island City Hall continued Friday.

Public Works Director Lance Newkirk, an employee with the city for more than 15 years, announced his resignation April 26.

Newkirk has been public works director for the last four years. Earlier this year, he butted heads with city council members over street funding and road repair projects.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the community of Bainbridge Island,” Newkirk said in a statement to the press.

“I have been blessed during my time with the city to work with so many talented, professional and dedicated public employees. I sincerely wish the city all the best going forward as I leave to pursue other interests and opportunities,” he said.

City officials said Newkirk has agreed to assist in the transition of the public works department as the city begins the search for a new director.

“Lance is a seasoned public works veteran whose skills and experience will be missed,” said City Manager Doug Schulze.  “I appreciate his service to the citizens of Bainbridge Island and wish him much future success.”

Newkirk is the latest high-profile manager to leave the city in the past year.

City Manager Brenda Bauer was fired by the council last year, and former police chief Jon Fehlman resigned in September, and was soon followed by Bainbridge Police Commander Sue Shultz. The city also lost its top legal advisor in December, when Will Patton stepped down from his position as city attorney.

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