Current Richland Public Works Director Pete Rogalsky at a recent Richland City Council meeting

Rumors that Richland Public Works Director Pete Rogalsky planned to retire seemed to have been confirmed last week when the city started advertising for someone to fill his position. Rogalsky has been with the city almost 30 years.

The Observer reached out to Rogalsky, all city councilmembers, and the city manager for comments but there has been no response.

According to an article in a 2004 edition of the Tri-City Herald, Rogalsky began working for Richland in 1994 as an engineer. According to LinkedIn, he became Director of Public Works in 2004. He received a civil engineering degree from UCLA in 1984.

Rogalsky has aggressively sought state and federal funding for transportation projects in Richland, including for the changes in Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way in downtown Richland.  It appears that he might not be at the helm when the “couplet” of one-way streets open.

According to the advertisement for the job opening on the city of Richland website, applicants should have at least five years in a senior management role in public works. The targeted pay range is $146,120 to $175,344. The first review of applications will be on August 10.