UPDATE | Departing Bainbridge Public Works Director to get severance package

Bainbridge Island City Manager Doug Schulze said the impending departure of Public Works Director Lance Newkirk marks an amicable split between the city and Newkirk, a 15-year employee.

Newkirk announced his resignation on Friday, April 26 from the top post in public works that he's held for the past four years.

He did not submit a letter of resignation, Schulze said.

Schulze said a separation agreement is in the works, and said Newkirk will likely receive a severance package that includes two months' of salary.

His official last day will come next month, and he will continue to have office hours at city hall.

"He is going to be working through May," Schulze said.

Newkirk will also be available for consultation on city issues after his time at city hall ends.

"We've set up a separation agreement that he will be available for phone calls ... tapping into his knowledge and experience here over the course of probably June and maybe part of July," Schulze said.

Schulze said the resignation may present other related changes for Newkirk.

"He's just looking at some other opportunities, maybe pursue a different career path," Schulze said.

The city will begin the search for a new public works director in the near future.

Though a decision has not been made, an executive search firm may be used to find potential candidates.

Schulze said he has tried to search for top managers in the past by using an in-house approach, without much success.

"It has not been successful in attracting a quality pool of applicants," Schulze said.

"The most recent example is the city attorney position," he added. "We had a very small number of applicants and in the end we weren't successful in hiring someone."

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