Federal Way's administrative everyman goes to Portland

Bryant Enge came to Federal Way in 2008 as an assistant city manager. - Courtesy photo
Bryant Enge came to Federal Way in 2008 as an assistant city manager.
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Bryant Enge, the city’s administrative services director, is leaving Federal Way to take a job as Portland’s Director of the Bureau of Internal Businesses Services.

Federal Way’s administrative everyman will head south on Feb. 17 to start his new role. Enge’s departure was announced by Mayor Skip Priest during the council’s Feb. 7 meeting.

“Bryant has been an integral member of our management team since he joined the city in 2008. The work he has done with the Performing Arts Center, CDBG (community development block grants), and I don’t know how many other projects, will continue to enhance the city of Federal Way long after he’s gone,” Priest said.

Enge began his stint in Federal Way as the assistant city manager, then as financial services administrator, before taking on his current title. In the nearly four years he’s spent in Federal Way, Enge said it’s been a rewarding and enriching experience.

Among the things he’s done in Federal Way, Enge said he was proud to be part of the team that made serious progress on advancing the plan for a performing arts/civic center. He helped produce workable budgets during the economic downturn. His more recent experiences with transitioning the city’s human services department from a consortium model to a direct entitlement entity is something he was proud to have worked on.

Enge said the most memorable part of working in Federal Way was the fact that in a city of about 88,000 people, he was able to make close personal connections with his colleagues and the community.

“One of the things I had not expected, and I am really going to miss, is the intimacy of working with this size of government,” he said. “I had the chance to touch a lot of things, I had a chance to be involved with a lot of people.”

The job in Portland is going to be a bit larger in scope, obviously, but Enge said he’s also looking forward to the new challenges awaiting him in the Rose City. As Director of the Bureau of Internal Businesses Services, Enge will be the one who oversees that city’s vehicle fleet operations, along with Portland’s buildings, risk management issues, printing and distribution needs, and contract and procurement issues. Among the things he’ll be tackling in his new role among those varied areas is overseeing Portland’s first zero emissions building, Enge said.


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