Lawyer at home in Public Works

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Bill Lawyer holds a unique plaque he received for longevity with the City of Keizer. Lawyer became Public Works director a year ago this month. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Bill Lawyer holds a unique plaque he received for longevity with the City of Keizer. Lawyer became Public Works director a year ago this month. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

 

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

In 1989, Bill Lawyer was simply looking for a career.

He definitely found it.

Lawyer was hired by Rob Kissler in September 1989 to work as water works operator in Keizer’s still relatively new water department.

“It was my first exposure to Public Works,” Lawyer said. “I saw that water was a growing field. I was looking for a place to stay and build a career, since I had a young family. There were a lot of opportunities in a city growing so fast at the time.”

Last May, Lawyer was promoted to Public Works director after serving as the department’s superintendent for 14 years. The promotion came when Kissler retired.

Lawyer moved to the Keizer area at age 10 and has been here most of the time since. The exception was two years spent on a Dundee farm shortly after Lawyer and wife Kriss became first-time parents.

“I tried that farm life thing,” Lawyer said. “It was great. I was a city kid living on a farm. We did some crazy things. We loved it. I didn’t want to lose the friendship we had. But I had a lot of fun.”

Lawyer then worked at Willamette Lutheran Homes before taking a job with the city, which had taken over a water district four years earlier.


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