Public works deputy resigns effective Aug. 31
The Maui News
Deputy Director of Public Works Stephen Welling has resigned, effective Aug. 31, after four months in the post, Mayor Michael Victorino announced Thursday afternoon.
No specific reason was given for the departure, except that Welling was returning to the Mainland.
“I thank Mr. Welling for his service to the County of Maui and the Department of Public Works,” Victorino said. “I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Welling was appointed in April, one of the mayor’s last Cabinet appointments. The position came open when the County Council rejected the appointment of David Goode to director of the department, and the mayor elevated Deputy Director Rowena Dagdag-Andaya. She was confirmed by the council.
The process of recruiting a new deputy director will begin, said county spokesman Brian Perry. The deputy director does not require confirmation by the council.
Welling was an engineer with SSFM International Inc., which had contracts with the Honolulu Rapid Transit Authority. While working on the rail project, he oversaw the relocation of 4.2 miles of underground and overhead utilities to make way for the commuter rail and had to deal with archaeological sites and high voltage work, the news release announcing his appointment in April said.
He left SSFM in February, Perry said in April. The April news release said he was working to complete his doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., in May.
Before moving to Hawaii, Welling was vice president and senior project manager from July 2015 to January 2018 with Pryor Mountain Construction in Missoula, Mont., and was project manager with EMA Services in Detroit from August 2013 to July 2015, overseeing re-engineering of the Detroit Water and Sewer District’s asset management program.
Welling is married and has nine children ranging from 1 to 18 years old, the April news release said.