Public Works Department

Caring for your infrastructure to keep Kirkland healthy, safe, and vibrant.

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Julie Underwood - Public Works Director

Julie Thuy Underwood (she/her)
Public Works Director


With over 20 years of local government management experience, Julie’s career has included serving as City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Assistant to the City Manager for the Cities of Mercer Island and Shoreline, Washington, Daly City, California, and the City of Rockville, Maryland.

Julie has a Master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Tech and a BA from George Mason University.

Julie has had the privilege of being the first woman and person of color to serve in her two City Manager roles.

Besides having a passion for public service, Julie is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. Julie has spear-headed the Washington City/County Management Association’s Northwest Women’s Leadership Academy, designed to prepare and promote more women into local government leadership roles.

Julie is excited and honored to lead Kirkland’s full-service Public Works Department, where she can build upon the City’s strong commitment to maintaining its infrastructure, sustaining the environment, operating efficiently, and delivering results.  


Admin: Franz Lumbad (he/him)



We are committed to the City’s vision and the Department’s mission. We play a vital role in making Kirkland livable, sustainable, and connected. We are City employees who take pride in being trusted stewards of the public’s resources, infrastructure, environment, and quality of life.

We are one team with specialized divisions in multiple locations, operating in varying work environments and conditions. We apply best practices and innovation to continuously learn and improve. We are recognized for going above and beyond, and we celebrate our successes. When setbacks occur, we avoid blaming and shaming, and instead focus on what we learned, how we adapted, and how we will improve.

We strive for excellence in all aspects of our work. We are well trained, well equipped, responsive, collaborative, and are skilled problem-solvers. We operate with good intentions and exercise good judgment. We are respected regionally and nationally for quality and creativity.

We attract, value, and keep diverse, talented employees. We create a workplace where employees feel a sense of belonging and are safe physically and emotionally. We provide training and development opportunities and generate meaningful employee interactions. We have leaders who are appreciative and empowering, who provide mentoring, coaching, and sponsorship. We are engaged and dedicated to making a positive difference through our daily interactions with each other and with the public.

We make Kirkland Public Works the best reflection of ourselves.


Public Works consists of two primary sections: Engineering & Programs and Operations & Maintenance. The sections work in close coordination with each other, other City Departments, the public, and other agencies to ensure the effective development and ongoing stewardship of public infrastructure including systems for water distribution and fire protection, wastewater collection, surface water management, the urban forest, both motorized and non-motorized transportation, solid waste disposal and recycling, public grounds maintenance, and City fleet services.

Engineering & Programs Section

Public Works Administration provides overall administrative support and policy direction for the Public Works Department.

The Capital Projects Division manages the scoping/development, design, and construction of publicly funded infrastructure projects for the City’s water, wastewater, and surface water utilities, park capital construction, transportation projects and major facilities.

The Development and Environmental Services Division oversees transportation and utility infrastructure projects initiated by private development and franchise utilities, administers the solid waste disposal and recycle program, and provides surface water engineering and program administration.

The Transportation Engineering Division coordinates with other Divisions and Departments to plan, design, and operate the City’s multimodal transportation system, including management of the City’s sign and signal maintenance, downtown parking, and neighborhood traffic control programs. The Division also provides staff support for the Kirkland Transportation Commission and participates in regional transportation planning.

Operations & Maintenance Section

Fleet Management provides for safe, cost effective, and reliable vehicles and equipment for all City departments.

The Streets & Public Grounds Division is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and repair of the City transportation system including pavement, shoulders, bike lanes, sidewalks, walkways, traffic signals, signage, illumination, parking, landscaping and roadside vegetation. Stewardship of public grounds of City buildings and the urban tree canopy located within the public rights of way are also under the Division’s care.

The Water/Sewer Division provides daily maintenance and repair activities and assists with the long term planning and efficient operation of the City’s water storage and distribution system and its control along with the City’s wastewater system which includes collection pipes and manholes and the system of interconnected pumping facilities and their controls.

The Surface Water Division provides daily maintenance and repair activities and assists with the long- term planning and efficient operation of the City’s surface water system. Surface water components include the built system of inlets, pipes, and vaults and the natural system of streams, ditches and bodies of water.


The Transportation Commission advises City Council, through the City Manager, regarding planning and development of transportation issues referred to the Commission by the City Council.

They meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month except August.  The November/December meetings are combined in early December.  Meeting information and materials, and recordings of past meetings can be found on the Commission's website.