Professional Engineer (PE) Chad Schulhauser is Bellingham's newest City Engineer and assistant director for Public Works. He started with the City on Monday, April 18.
As City Engineer, Schulhauser will lead the Engineering Division of Public Works, which is responsible for working with elected officials, policy makers and staff to integrate public infrastructure requirements in the development and administration of the City's Comprehensive plan. This includes capital projects for street improvements and water, sewer and storm drainage utilities. Implementation of the City waterfront redevelopment project and improvements outlined in the pedestrian and bicycle master plans will also be a key focus for the new City Engineer.
Schulhauser comes to Bellingham from the City of Mountlake Terrace, where he began as a Civil Engineer in 2012 before being promoted to City Engineer and then Director of Public Works in February 2015.
He is a graduate of Washington State University, where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Business. Schulhauser worked as a project engineer with Jones Engineers before joining Millennium Engineering Group, where he worked for 15 years as vice president and co-owner. Schulhauser said he was attracted to the City Engineer position in part because of Bellingham's innovative vision and practices.
“From redeveloping the 137-acre former Georgia-Pacific property on the waterfront into a mixed use site, to being the first city in the state to implement a dissolved air floatation system in its water treatment plant, the City of Bellingham is very progressive,” said Schulhauser. “I want to be part of such visionary planning for city projects and economic development.”
Public Works Director Ted Carlson noted that the City conducted a nationwide recruitment and was able to choose from a pool of highly qualified applicants. Schulhauser was selected following an extensive assessment and interview process.
“Chad brings the right amount of experience, professionalism and engineering expertise that this position requires,” said Carlson. “We're pleased to welcome him to Bellingham and our team.”