Redmond police chief Wilson named interim public works director

Chief Kristi Wilson will serve as chief of police and the new interim public works director.

Redmond Police Chief Kristi Wilson has been appointed interim public works director, following the resignation of former director Martin Pastucha, who stepped down Nov. 28.

Wilson, who was appointed by Redmond Mayor John Marchione, will continue serving in both positions until a new public works director is hired.

Wilson became Redmond’s chief of police in January 2016 and has worked various management positions prior to becoming chief. Wilson is a graduate from Central Washington University with a bachelor of arts in sociology and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. She is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.

“Chief Wilson’s leadership skills and her decades of experience in supporting the city of Redmond’s residents make her an ideal fit for the interim public works director,” Marchione said in a press release. “We are in the process of conducting a national search.”

According to the city’s communications and marketing manager, Lisa Maher, Pastucha resigned from the position as suddenly and “cited his long commute and organizational fit as reasons for stepping down.”