Larry Blanchard Leaves Job as Burien’s Public Works Director

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Larry Blanchard left as Public Works Director Sept. 26.

by Ralph Nichols

Larry Blanchard, who was Burien Public Works Director over the last two years, has left his post with the city.

A search for a new Public Works Director is underway. That job announcement on the City of Burien website last week alerted The B-Town Blog to this staff change (read our job listing post here).

The position, which pays between $101,892 and $123,852 annually, depending on experience, will remain open until filled. A first review of applications received is to take place this Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Interim Public Works Director during the job search is Steve Roemer, who manages capital projects and maintenance for the city’s Parks Department.

Blanchard left his position Sept. 26. No reason was given for his departure. He had been on leave for a few weeks prior to that.

“This is a personnel matter,” City Manager Mike Martin said. “Legally, I can’t talk about that.”

Blanchard was hired Sept. 30, 2009, replacing Steve Clark. Before that, he had been Public Works Director for the City of Kent.

“He really was focused on the road maintenance side of things,” Martin said. But Blanchard was also instrumental in organizing and starting Burien’s first road maintenance program, he added.

Bringing city road maintenance in-house – previously it was contracted out to King County – “has given the city a higher level of service for a lower cost,” Martin noted.

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3 Responses to “Larry Blanchard Leaves Job as Burien’s Public Works Director”
  1. skeptical says:

    Ralph, this reads like a press release from the City of Burien.

  2. Kevin says:

    Sorry to see Larry go – I enjoyed working with him.

  3. Brooks says:

    I’m sorry to see Larry go.

    As someone who spent quite a bit of time talking with him about transportation planning, I was getting to know Larry as someone who was open to a wide range of ideas from citizens. He was also generous with his time and helped citizens like me understand some of the technical and budgetary challenges of different approaches.

    I wish him the best.

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