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Ron Garrow, North Bend Public Works director, to retire

Ron Garrow, visiting the site of sewer work at Tanner in 2010. The North Bend public works director retires this coming December. - File photo
Ron Garrow, visiting the site of sewer work at Tanner in 2010. The North Bend public works director retires this coming December.
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After working for North Bend for more than a decade, Ron Garrow, the city’s public works director and city engineer, is retiring at the end of this year.

“I’ve enjoyed working in public/private service as a Professional Engineer for over 36 years, and have especially appreciated the opportunity to serve as North Bend’s public works director,” said Garrow.

“While the decision to leave was very difficult, because North Bend has been my home away from home and the mayor, council and staff are great people to work with, I am ready to explore a new phase of my life. I know that North Bend will continue to thrive and I am confident that I leave the city in the good hands of quality professionals.”

Garrow graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Science degree in civil engineering, with an emphasis in water resource management. During his career he provided civil engineering services as a consultant to both the private and public sector, and worked for the Cities of Fife, Milton, and Federal Way prior to becoming North Bend’s Public Works Director in 2002.

During Garrow’s tenure in North Bend he is credited with some major accomplishments, including

the acquisition of water rights for the city to develop into its urban growth area, the securing of more than $12 million in grants and loans for capital improvements, the creation of a pavement preservation program for city streets, and the overlay of many street segments including North Bend Way, Main Street, and Park Street.

Garrow developed the City’s Incident Command System and opened the Emergency Operations Center as Incident Commander for several local disasters.

Over the last decade, he managed major projects include the roundabout at North Bend Way/Cedar Falls Way, Downing Avenue extension, bridge replacement on NW 8th Street, reconstruction of North Bend Way in downtown, Boalch Avenue reconstruction, Pickett Avenue reconstruction, $19 Million ULID No 6 providing sewer to many properties, new production well and mitigation pipeline for the water system, replacement of sewer mains in the downtown area, and upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mayor Ken Hearing says it has been a pleasure working with Garrow.

“Ron’s position is a very important one and he leaves big shoes to fill,” the mayor stated. “Ron has always put the city of North Bend first and that is a quality we all observed and appreciated.  I wish him well in his retirement and hope he can enjoy whatever life has to offer him in this next stage of his life.”

Councilmember Ross Loudenback added that Ron’s professionalism, long-time history and knowledge of the City will be missed.

After Garrow announced his intention to retire, the city began recruitment for the next Public Works Director/City Engineer, which recently culminated in the hiring of Frank Page, a public engineer from Cody, Wyo.

Incoming director Page will come on board October 15, giving him some time with Garrow to learn about city operations and current projects.

Page is a registered professional engineer who brings to the position over 27 years of engineering, operations, administrative, design and construction experience in both the public and private sector.

The city council is expected to confirm Page’s appointment at its October 16 City Council meeting.

The city will be honoring Garrow at its Dec.4, 2012, city council meeting. The public is invited to attend.

 

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