Kennewick City Council • Position 5
“This is the city I love and call home — Kennewick. It has a diverse history and heritage including strong local economy and a variety of resources. It already has so much to offer and we need to prepare for the future. I’m hoping to expand the services that make a difference to our residents, as well as make Kennewick a destination for years to come.”
A Vision For The Future
My vision of Kennewick is one of expanding the wonderful engagement we see in our community. The future promises to be just as exciting. There is the VISTA Field project, the continued expansion of Columbia Gardens, as well as the possible reconveyance of the shoreline. Kennewick is more than a place to live; it a community to call home.
The City of Kennewick is facing some major issues in the upcoming years. The emphasis of the City Council is going to determine how successful the city will be.
Web Services, Facilities, Equipment, etc. are aging and need to be modernized to allow the city staff to perform their jobs in support of Kennewick residents.
Without Fire and Police services, the issue of infrastructure becomes moot. The recent addition of 12 Fire Fighter positions through SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant funding and the addition of School Resource Officers to all our middle schools demonstrate the importance placed on the safety of our residents.
Current mainstays for the city budget are residential development and retail sales. If either one of these slow significantly the City will be unable to sustain its’ current level of services. Expansion of the industrial base should be a priority, as well as the continuing effort to expand south of I-82.
Vista Field is an excellent example of enhancing livability within Kennewick. It promotes the varied lifestyles of all age segments of society. It is the type of growth that can keep the younger generation local while also attracting Baby Boomers.
The current relationships with our neighboring cities, counties, port districts and agencies should be strengthened. We all have skin in the game and the healthier our neighbors are, the healthier we can be as a city.
Participation in Kennewick’s governance is essential for a strong community. Providing mentorship and opportunity for engagement is a key responsibility that can encourage growth of tomorrow’s leaders.
Many in Kennewick’s current workforce are getting close to retirement age. The city will lose the knowledge, expertise, and guidance that is currently being provided to newer staff members. Priority needs to be maintained on cross training and succession planning.
Chuck has called the City of Kennewick home since 1985. He is, as of 2011, a retired Hanford employee. His last assignment was as a D&D Superintendent in the Plutonium Finishing Plant.
He’s held a variety of positions including Shift Manager, Plant Engineer, Planner/Scheduler, Scheduling Manager, Operations Manager, as well as D&D Superintendent. He has an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from Yakima Valley Community College.
For the past three years Chuck has been attending City Council Meetings. He was extremely impressed by the professionalism of both Council and Staff. To Chuck, this was governance at it’s best.
Chuck met his wife, Beverly, back in 1998 and after six years of courtship, they married in 2004. She is a retired Kennewick School District administrator. They have four grown children and ten grandchildren.
Chuck spent four years in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam war aboard the USS J.P. Jones. One of Chuck’s sons is currently serving his third tour in the U.S. Air Force and is stationed in Germany. His oldest grandson is also in the Air Force and is stationed in Louisiana.
Chuck was appointed to the City Council in 2019 after Councilman Matt Boehnke was elected to the Washington State Legislature. He is currently on the board of the Badger Club, the League of Women Voters Benton-Franklin Counties, and is a member of the East Benton County Museum and Historical Society.
Chuck previously volunteered for SHAKE, an organization that provides school supplies for students and served as a board member.
- Kennewick Police Officers Benefit Association
- Plumber and Steamfitters UA Local 598
- Tri-Cities Association of Realtors
- Victor Cruz – former Chief Steward Local 12-369 United Steelworkers
- Mary Shaw – former President – Kennewick Education Association
- International Union of Operating Engineers Local #280
- Leo Perales – Benton County Planning Commissioner
- Lyle Kuhn – Kennewick School District Building Administrator (Retired)
- Linda Kuhn – Kennewick School District Staff (Retired)
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 112
- Laborer’s Local 348