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UPDATE | Three Bainbrige public works finalists have extensive careers in public works

Bainbridge Island City Manager Doug Schulze has picked a trio of engineers as finalists for the top spot in the city's public works department.

Bainbridge Island has been without a permanent public works director since Schulze ended the employment of Lance Newkirk via a negotiated settlement in April.

The city announced its finalists for its public works chief Thursday.

The three candidates are James Bridges, the public works director and county engineer in Asotin County; Ted Jones, the facilities management and sustainment product line coordinator at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale; and Barry Loveless, the public works director for the city of Poulsbo.

Before his job with Asotin County in Eastern Washington, Bridges was an interim city manager for the city of Sunnyside from June 2009 to September 2010, according to a short biography released by the city of Bainbridge Island this week. He was also the public works director and city engineer for Sunnyside, a city with a population of roughly 15,800, from February 2003 to January 2012.

Bainbridge officials said Bridges' engineering career began with the city of Richland in 1991. He has a bachelor of science in civil engineering and — like the other two candidates — a professional engineer who is registered with the state of Washington.

Jones has 32 years experience in public works, environmental engineering, facilities planning, capital improvements and ocean engineering. Bainbridge officials also noted he is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt; a title named after a process improvement strategy system that was developed by Motorola in the early 1980s.

Jones has a master's degree in civil engineering degree from George Washington University.

Loveless has been the public works director in Poulsbo since 2008. He also served as senior program manager for Kitsap County Public Works for three years, ending in 2008. Before that, he served as regional public works program director for Navy Region Northwest.

Loveless has a master's degree in construction management from Georgia Tech.

The search for a new public works director began in August.

The three finalists were chosen from a pool of 30 applicants from 17 states.

The city, with the help of its consultant search firm Strategic Government Resources, whittled the list of candidates to eight semifinalists in September.

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