City hires public works and utilities director

The public works director for the city and county of Broomfield, Colo., has been hired as Wichita's new director of public works and utilities, the city announced Thursday.

Alan King, 56, will start his new position Aug. 1. He succeeds Chris Carrier, who died from a heart attack in September 2010 after leading the department since 2005.

Broomfield, a suburb of Denver, has a population of about 53,000.

In Wichita, King will manage 850 employees, a $200 million annual operating budget and a 10-year capital improvement budget of nearly $2 billion.

City Manager Robert Layton cited King's extensive utilities experience in naming him to lead the city's largest department.

A native of Seattle, King has 33 years of experience in public works and local government. He began working for Broomfield in January 2008 after spending about six years as assistant utilities director in Bellevue, Wash.

King has also worked as a consultant for Bellevue-based CHS Engineers in the U.S. and in South America.

Since Carrier's death, Wichita's public works and utilities department has been managed by interim co- directors Joe Pajor and Jim Armour.