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City Administrator Londi Lindell announced during the December 4, 2018 City Council meeting she would soon be retiring, and Mark Rigos would be stepping into the role of acting City Administrator.
Although Lindell won’t officially retire until the end of March, she said she plans to step back from her role and assist with Rigos’ transition to help make it as seamless as possible.
Rigos was hired by City of North Bend in 2014 as the Public Works Director. He was promoted to Deputy City Administrator shortly after and has been serving dual roles ever since.
He brings eight years of public experience, including working as the Public Works Director for City of Newcastle for four years prior to coming to North Bend. His career also includes working as a civil engineer for two civil and environmental engineering companies for 15 years in Auburn and Issaquah.
“I have a unique blend of education and experience that allows me to understand and manage the engineering, environmental and financial perspectives of balancing new infrastructure development with natural environmental protection amongst the laws, codes and standards while giving utmost consideration for property rights,” Rigos said.
Rigos earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University. He then went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Seattle University. He is also a Certified Wetland Biologist in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Training since 1999 and a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer with State of Washington since 2002.
Rigos said what attracted him to City of North Bend was the surrounding beauty, an increase in job responsibilities and the ability to recruit key engineering staff to a growing city.
“As a civil engineer, I enjoy seeing old infrastructure being replaced and new infrastructure being built. With assistance from my team and outside consultants, I’ve helped engineer and manage multiple roundabouts, some of which will soon be constructed. Roundabouts are an excellent way to help with traffic flow, provide traffic calming and improve public safety,” he said. “Another huge project that Council moved up on the transportation improvement plan was the complete reconstruction of 12th Street that was completed in 2018. This road was in poor condition for many years.”
Another major accomplishment for the Public Works Department was the finalizing of the City’s first Public Works Standards in 2018, which are regulations used by the City and private developers to design and construct public infrastructure.
Rigos said that he has had the privilege of recruiting, hiring and/or working with staff and Councilmembers toward improving customer service, delivering quality public services and building new infrastructure.
“I’m excited for this new opportunity to help steer City Council, the Mayor and staff closer to achieving the City’s Mission and Brand Statements,” he said.