City Manager Brad Miyake announced today the appointment of Andrew Singelakis as Bellevue’s new Transportation Department director. Singelakis brings more than 25 years of experience as an executive working at cities, counties and regional planning agencies. His first day of work will be June 10.
Singelakis comes to Bellevue from Washington County, Ore. where he has served as director of land use and transportation since 2010. Before that, Singelakis worked at Tucson, Ariz.; the Nashua Regional Planning Commission in New Hampshire and as planning director for small cities and towns in New York, Vermont and Maine.
"We believe Andrew's extensive experience is a great fit for the department and for our city,” said Miyake. “He has the proven ability to help Bellevue plan for its booming growth, now and into the future."
“Bellevue is a beautiful and unique city with a bright future,” said Singelakis. “As it continues to evolve as an urban center, our challenge will be to help people get where they need to go, while maintaining a high quality of life. I look forward to working on important issues such as making the transportation system safer through the city’s Vision Zero program and expanding the range of options – including light rail – for the community.”
Singelakis’ wide experience includes administering capital and operating budgets for a variety of organizations, working on large transportation capital projects and forming partnerships with regional organizations. Singelakis has a master’s degree in urban planning and masters degree in public health, both from Columbia University, and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Miyake also expressed his appreciation to Paula Stevens, who has served as the acting transportation director since previous director Dave Berg retired in February 2019. “Paula has done an admirable job during this transition period,” he added.
Bellevue’s Transportation Department helps people travel around the city by providing a safe, predictable and balanced transportation network. The department plans, builds, operates and maintains approximately 1,100 lane miles of roadway, 325 miles of sidewalks, over 50 miles of bike lanes, 200 signalized intersections, 3,200 city-owned street lights and 17,000 street signs.