Retiring Directors Leave Legacy

Three City of Olathe department directors will be retiring later this month after serving Olathe citizens for a combined 85 years.

Current Municipal Services Director Don Seifert, began his career with the City in 1975 as a planning technician in the community development department. Among other positions, Seifert served as the city’s lobbyist, budget manager, management services director, policy development leader and as the deputy municipal services director. A retirement reception is planned for December 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Olathe Municipal Services Center, 1385 S. Robinson.

Public Works Director Rick Biery joined the City of Olathe in 1982, after working for Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company. He began his career with the City as staff engineer for the utilities department. He later became the City water superintendent and city engineer before becoming being promoted to his current position. Biery’s reception is scheduled on December 17th in City Hall from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

George Bentley joined the Olathe Fire Department in 1985 as a battalion chief. He was promoted to deputy chief and ultimately to fire chief in 1994. In 1998, he also became director of emergency management. A reception for Bentley is being planned for early January.