STEVE SUGG Thank you, Sir. Thank you very much!
In case you’ve not noticed, our City Council, Monday evening voted to make Mr. Suggs temporary appointment as an “interim” city manager, a permenant one and we are all the better for it! Mr. Sugg is a gentleman. He is a professional. His experience is priceless and I promise you that you won’t agree with everyting he says but wisdom says, give him a chance to explain the “whys” and you may just find yourself respecting him and his ability to excell as a key player in our city’s leadership team. So very many of us are grateful to our councilmembers for the earlier Christmas present. Making Mr. Steve Sugg our City Manager will serve our city well, for years to come…that’s my hope (and I don’t doubt it for a second!). Now let’s do this the formal way…

Steve Sugg is a licensed engineer with over 32 years of experience in the planning, design, construction, and management of projects and teams in both the public and private sector. He’s worked for the City of University Place since 1996 in a variety of capacities including City Engineer, Public Works Director, Community Development Director and Assistant City Manager.

From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Sugg managed a $50 million transportation capital improvement program for the City involving the design, right-of-way acquisition, funding, and construction of over 20 miles of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes, medians, planter strips and numerous roundabouts and traffic signals. Several of those projects received national, state, and regional recognition from organizations such as the Federal Highway Administration, University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina Center for Highway Safety Research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Puget Sound Regional Council, Association of Washington Cities, Washington State Department of Transportation, Walkable Communities, and Sunset Magazine.

Prior to his employment with University Place, Steve was a Senior Engineer with Burns & McDonnell, a national consulting engineering firm based in Kansas City, Missouri. His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 1977 and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas in 2000.

Mr. Sugg has been serving as the interim City Manager of University Place since the retirement of Mr. Bob Jean, nearly a year ago.

I’m not a big fan of bios but when we have such good news as this, I’ll dedicate the entire edition of the blog to him.

We’ll get back to WHAT’S UP  around the rest of University Place next week.  Maybe I can get an elf to write that one.

Until then, be well.  Pat Maddock

So, just who IS this guy?

Pat’s been a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place and he was the 2007 President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS as well as a 2009 Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission.   Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran. But most importantly, he’s been a     University Place native since 1953.