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New Public Works Director/City Engineer in Port Orchard

Weaver The City of Port Orchard has made another major change in the reorganization of its planning department. In addition to renaming it the City Development Department, joining the City on May 28, was Mark Dorsey, P.E. — who Mayor Lary Coppola specifically recruited for the position. He joins James Weaver who was recruited as City Development Director, and replaces Mahar Abed, who resigned and accepted a position with West Sound Engineering.

Dorsey’s experience includes working with North Pacific Design/Rush Construction for the past several years, as well as stints with N.L. Olson & Associates, Olympic Property Group, Port Ludlow Associates and Art Anderson & Associates.

Well-respected within the local engineering community, Dorsey is experienced in all phases of civil and public works engineering, and has worked on a number of projects in Port Orchard, including the medical and retail complex located at Sedgwick and Sidney Roads, the Harrison Medical Center complex on Tremont as well as its Oncology addition in Bremerton. He has also been involved in engineering for a number of other regional projects such as the Purdy Master Plan, Gig Harbor North, and a new downtown Port Orchard marina project currently in the SEPA review stage.

Dorsey was also joined in the Engineering/Public Works Department by Andrea Archer, who came on board May 5, and serves as Assistant City Engineer. Archer, who is a Port Orchard resident, came to Port Orchard from the City of Shelton, where she served in a similar capacity.

Archer and Dorsey’s hiring also brings the City’s Engineering/Public Works Department up to a full staffing level for the first time in several years. It is expected the change will allow the City to now do most of its engineering in-house, instead of sub-contracting it out as has been the policy in recent years. That change is anticipated to save the city substantial amounts of taxpayer dollars.

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