South Whidbey Record


Langley public works director leaves for Mukilteo job

April 7, 2013 · Updated 2:06 PM

After 10 years, Challis Stringer will no longer lead Langley’s Public Works Department.

She resigned in March and was recognized by Mayor Fred McCarthy during the April 1 city council meeting. Her last day is April 9.

“I’ve been humbled by the skill level that Challis brings,” McCarthy said. “The department that she headed is very sad to see her go.”

“She has done an excellent job in the city and was responsible for writing grants for significant funds to improve city streets and replace water pipes in the city in addition to being a valued director of Public Works,” McCarthy added in an email.

Stringer helped the city secure major grants for infrastructure across the tenure of four mayors. Waterline replacement on First Street and the pending Second Street redesign are funded because of grants she landed.

When 100 cubic feet of dirt and vegetation slid from Cascade Avenue onto Wharf Street, Stringer was in charge of the cleanup and evaluation process. At one point, McCarthy told city council and a handful of people in the audience, she hopped into the loader to clear debris at the bottom of the recent slide to prevent a secondary shift.

“I thought that was one gutsy lady,” McCarthy said.

Stringer accepted a position with the City of Mukilteo Public Works as a surface water technician. She will continue to live on Whidbey Island, which she has called home for 33 years.

“I love Langley, and it was a really hard decision for me,” Stringer said.

Ed Stringer, her husband, and daughter Grace were present at the meeting. Their youngest daughter was at soccer practice during the brief honor April 1.

“Thank you for all that you’ve given to our city,” said City Councilwoman Rene Neff via Skype from Orcas Island.


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