Chapter 2.28
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT*

Sections:

2.28.010    Department created.

2.28.020    Director of public works – Position created.

2.28.030    Appointment.

2.28.040    Qualifications.

2.28.050    Responsibilities – Duties.

2.28.060    Powers and duties.

2.28.070    Salary.

*Cross reference(s) – Indemnification, ch. 2.96; personnel, title 2, subtitle IV; public works contract requirements, ch. 6.01; required infrastructure improvements, ch. 6.02; improvement plan approval and inspection fees, ch. 6.03; assessments for improvements, ch. 6.04; street improvement reimbursement agreements, ch. 6.05; street and curb cuts, ch. 6.06; street use permits, ch. 6.07; street or alley vacation, ch. 6.09; street trees, ch. 6.10; water service, ch. 7.02; garbage services, ch. 7.03; sanitary sewers, ch. 7.04; storm and surface water utility, ch. 7.05; combined sewer and storm and surface water utility, ch. 7.06; surface water and drainage code, ch. 7.07; wastewater facilities plan, ch. 7.09; underground installation of electrical or communication facilities, ch. 7.10; utility services outside the city, ch. 7.11; cable television communications, ch. 7.12; water shortage emergency regulations, ch. 7.13; subdivision code, ch. 12.04.

State law reference(s) – Public works and contracts, RCW 35A.40.200.

2.28.010 Department created.

There is hereby created the public works department for the purpose of performing all public works functions of the city, except for public and private development permitting functions. The department shall be supervised by the director of public works, who shall serve as its director and who shall have complete charge of all of the work and who shall be responsible for hiring and supervising employees of the department. The department, through the director, shall report to the chief administrative officer or his or her designee. The divisions of the public works department which report to the director of public works are as follows:

1. Engineering;

2. Street maintenance and operations;

3. Fleet services;

4. Water;

5. Sewer, storm water, and drainage utility; and

6. Solid waste.

(Ord. No. 1808, § 2; Ord. No. 3512, § 7, 6-6-00; Ord. No. 3926, § 3, 8-4-09. Formerly Code 1986, § 2.18.020)

2.28.020 Director of public works – Position created.

There is created a position known as the director of public works.

(Ord. No. 1808, § 1; Ord. No. 3512, § 7, 6-6-00; Ord. No. 3926, § 3, 8-4-09. Formerly Code 1986, § 2.18.010)

2.28.030 Appointment.

The director of public works shall be appointed by the mayor in accordance with the provisions of the City of Kent Policies and Procedures Manual solely on the basis of his or her professional qualifications with special emphasis on professional experience and education and demonstrated knowledge of accepted practices relating to the duties of his or her office. The director of public works shall report to the chief administrative officer.

(Ord. No. 1808, § 4; Ord. No. 3512, § 7, 6-6-00; Ord. No. 3926, § 3, 8-4-09. Formerly Code 1986, § 2.18.040)

2.28.040 Qualifications.

The public works director must have the following or equivalent qualifications: he or she must be a graduate of a recognized college or university and have at least five (5) years’ experience in a management engineering capacity. It is preferable, although not a requirement of the position, that the director be a graduate of a duly accredited four (4) year college or university in civil engineering and have a certificate of registration with the state board of registration for professional engineers and land surveyors. If the public works director is not a registered professional engineer, the public works director shall ensure that the deputy public works director or city engineer is a professional engineer.

(Ord. No. 1808, § 5; Ord. No. 3512, § 7, 6-6-00; Ord. No. 3926, § 3, 8-4-09. Formerly Code 1986, § 2.18.050)

2.28.050 Responsibilities – Duties.

The director of public works shall organize and supervise each division that reports to him or her pursuant to KCC 2.28.010 in the most efficient manner possible so that the interests of the citizens of the city shall be best served. The director of public works shall coordinate engineering done for the city by consultants and have ultimate responsibilities for all such projects. The director of public works shall create an effective working relationship between the department of public works and all other city departments. The director of public works shall supervise each of the divisions reporting to him or her and make periodic reports to the chief administrative officer.

(Ord. No. 1808, § 3; Ord. No. 3512, § 7, 6-6-00; Ord. No. 3926, § 3, 8-4-09. Formerly Code 1986, § 2.18.030)

2.28.060 Powers and duties.

The general powers and duties of the director of public works shall be to:

1. Supervise and assist in the engineering, surveying, and drafting work involved in public works and improvements of the city or its utilities such as preparation of estimates, plans, specifications, reports and recommendations, and public improvements.

2. Supervise the keeping of plans, plats, maps, drawings, dedications, final estimates, and specifications relating to city projects.

3. Be responsible to the mayor for the construction, inspection, and repair of public streets and city-owned utilities, and provide technical and advisory engineering assistance to other departments of the city.

(Ord. No. 1808, § 7; Ord. No. 3512, § 7, 6-6-00; Ord. No. 3926, § 3, 8-4-09. Formerly Code 1986, § 2.18.060)

2.28.070 Salary.

The salary of the director of public works shall be that as established in the city’s annual budget.

(Ord. No. 1808, § 7; Ord. No. 3512, § 7, 6-6-00; Ord. No. 3926, § 3, 8-4-09. Formerly Code 1986, § 2.18.070)