On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, Kent Mayor Dana Ralph announced the retirement of Public Works Director Tim LaPorte, effective Oct. 1.

After 31 years of service to the residents and City of Kent, Tim has decided to retire and begin the next chapter of his life. While at the City of Kent, LaPorte held the positions of Special Project Engineering Supervisor, Engineering Manager, City Engineer and Deputy Director before becoming the Public Works Director in 2009. In his current role, he oversees over 10 divisions providing oversight of design, construction, operations and maintenance of roads, water, sewer and infrastructure improvements.

“Tim LaPorte has been an important pillar in the City of Kent for a long time. He has led the public works department with intelligence, professionalism and grace, making it a place where employees love to come to work,” Mayor Ralph said. “He has been passionate about his work and committed to providing top notch service to our residents. He is a team player who looks at the City as a whole and regularly looks for ways we can better serve our residents. Tim is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met, and it has been an honor to work alongside him.”

Deputy Public Works Director Chad Bieren (pictured, left) was appointed to serve as the Interim Public Works Director.

“Chad is the right person for the job. As my Deputy, he has overseen the engineering division and is up to speed on every project we are working on. He will be able to hit the ground running from Day 1 to ensure residents continue to get exceptional service,” said outgoing Director LaPorte.

Chad will continue to work alongside Deputy Public Works Director Dave Brock, who will continue to oversee operations and maintenance functions within the public works department.

“I have confidence that Chad is the perfect leader to continue Tim’s legacy in our public works department. He is smart, has a vision for the department and has built relationships inside and outside of our organization that will be beneficial for the City,” said Mayor Ralph.

Chad was hired in 1991 as a Design Engineer and was promoted through the ranks of Engineer 2, Engineering Supervisor and was promoted to Deputy Director in 2010.

“I wish Tim nothing but happiness and new adventures in his retirement. I am excited to welcome Chad to his new role as we continue to move Kent forward,” Mayor Ralph added.