Public Works Director, City of Olympia
Rich oversees the City’s transportation system and utilities, as well as the City’s fleet and facilities. Rich was appointed to the position in March, 2012. Rich joined the City of Olympia in 2005 as Director of Water Resources overseeing the City’s Drinking Water, Wastewater and Storm and Surface Water utilities. He was instrumental in developing a number of regional water supply agreements with the Nisqually Indian Tribe and neighboring cities that will long benefit the growing Thurston County region. In 2012, Rich was awarded the National Professional Manager of the Year Award for Water Resources by the American Public Works Association. Prior to joining the City of Olympia, Rich worked for the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water for 13 years where he served as Deputy Director and Acting Director. Hoey was a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Slovak Republic for two years in the mid-1990s. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.