City welcomes new assistant public works director

Published on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 by Marisa Willis

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Bill Bullock has been appointed the new Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Blaine, officials announced. Bullock took over the position August 1 after Dave Bren left in June to pursue a teaching career at Bellingham Technical College.

As assistant director, Bullock will work closely with Steve Banham, who has been Blaine’s Public Works Director for 6 years, to operate all city utilities including water, wastewater and electrical services, as well as maintain streets and public facilities.

Bullock said he is focused on updating the transportation element of the city’s comprehensive plan, and applying his previous experience to as many areas as possible.

Bullock also takes over all city development review in coordination with contractors, which includes the installation of sewer water, road and street access projects.

“A lot of my expertise falls into transportation and transportation planning, as well as traffic and road design,” Bullock said. He said he anticipates coordinating with Washington State Department of Transportation and the Whatcom Council of Governments on numerous issues as well.

Bullock said he plans to spend much of the upcoming weeks meeting with city maintenance crews to determine how he can efficiently and effectively help them in the future.

Along with his wife and 16- and 11-year-old sons, Bullock spent the last two and a half years living in the city of Sequim, Wash. There Bullock served as city engineer, assistant public works director, and interim public works director.

Also important to his resume, are the 12 and two years Bullock worked in the public works departments of Mason and Lewis County, respectively. Bullock graduated from University of Washington in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and later obtained his civil-professional engineering license in 2001.

What drew Bullock and his family to Blaine? “The City of Blaine is a very unique team that is well diversified in the avenue of public works,” Bullock said. “[Moving to Blaine] was an opportunity to participate in an environment that was a little more sophisticated.”

Bullock said he and his family are looking forward to getting involved in their new community, especially the local chapter of Boy Scouts of America.