Celebrating 41 Years of Impact: Wayne Wirick to Retire at the End of the Year
Posted on December 11, 2023
Please join us in commemorating the 41-year career of Wayne Wirick, the City of Sonoma’s Development Services Director and Building Official. A special recognition will take place at the City Council’s final meeting of the year on December 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 177 First St. West. For those unable to attend in person, the proceedings will be broadcast on channel 27 and our CivicWeb portal.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Wirick has worn various professional hats, including roles as a volunteer firefighter, Interim Public Works Director, and most recently, as our Development Services Director and Building Official.
Mr. Wirick’s impact on our city is profound, as evidenced by his leadership in over 60 construction projects, enhancing landmarks such as City Hall, the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, and the Police Station, to name a few. His dedication to preserving historical structures is exemplified by initiatives like the Unreinforced Masonry Building program, ensuring the resilience of our cherished landmarks.
Beyond construction, Mr. Wirick has played a pivotal role in emergency preparedness, notably during the Nuns and Partrick fires in 2017, where he served as the Plans Section Chief and Assistant Director of Emergency Services, earning accolades for his invaluable contributions.
City Manager David Guhin aptly summarizes Mr. Wirick’s contributions, stating, “Wayne’s dedication, professionalism, and tireless commitment to the City have left an indelible mark. While he will be greatly missed, we extend our best wishes for a well-deserved retirement.”
In addition to his myriad accomplishments, Mr. Wirick coordinated the City’s information systems including the City’s new cloud-based electronic permitting system.
Reflecting on his remarkable tenure, Wirick expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside dedicated professionals and the Sonoma community. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the many design professionals, contractors, and building owners within this community,” Wirick stated. “I’ve been lucky enough to work in the middle of a park less than a mile from my home for over 41 years—how can it get any better than that.”