Kevin Harkins is the new facilities director for Serenity House of Clallam County.Harkins supervises repair and maintenance of a dozen Serenity House facilities in Port Angeles and Sequim, and schedules and oversees capital projects. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 25 years, with lengthy service overseas, as a senior operations and personnel manager.
Brad Collins is retiring as Serenity House of Clallam County’s Deputy Director for Resource Development and Capital Projects.
Collins joined Serenity House’s administrative staff in March 2009, after an extensive public service career including serving as Community Development director for the cities of Port Angeles, Tukwila and Arlington.
“Brad performed important work for the agency, reaching out and engaging the community and helping supervise work that supported some of the most important strategies of the 10-Year Plan to end homelessness,” said Kathy Wahto, executive director of the private non-profit homelessness agency.
“His knowledge of the community, unfailing good nature, patience, sense of humor and teamwork made him a wonderful colleague, and one that we will miss as he retires,” she said.
His final major project for Serenity House was gathering community support from a wide group of businesses, churches and others for the restoration and preservation work now under way at the historical building at First and Vine that houses the agency’s Port Angeles Thrift Store.
Earlier, Collins supervised construction of the 28-unit Maloney Heights Apartment building in west Port Angeles. He said he is “particularly proud” of his role in bringing that Permanent Supportive Housing online for chronically homeless people who have disabilities.
Collins also successfully oversaw exterior and interior renovation and signage improvements at the PortAngeles Housing Resource Center at 535 E. First St., and set-up of the Hygiene Center at 516 E. First St.
Energy conservation was a significant element of several projects Collins handled for Serenity House, including installation of solar panels at Maloney Heights.
Collins said retirement frees him to devote more time to his granddaughter, three-year-old Eveline.
He will also continue to serve as deputy mayor of Port Angeles. He has been on the city council since 2010, and is running unopposed for a full term.