Public Works Department
Director of Public Works
Kirk Duncan grew up in Bellingham, Washington, and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economic geography in 1976. In 1978 Kirk entered the ski business when he purchased the food and beverage operation at Mt. Baker Ski Area outside Bellingham. In 1984 he sold the business and set up the High Mountain Consulting Company which assisted ski areas, theme parks, water parks, and golf courses to improve their operations. In 1996, Kirk assisted in the design and construction of the Mt. Roberts Tram and found that he really enjoyed Juneau. At the end of his consulting contract, he was instrumental in bringing Mt. Spokane Ski Area from a failing ski area to a successful non-profit operation. Kirk has worked with over of 125 ski areas and other organizations to improve their operations.
In 2004, Kirk assumed the general manager position at Eaglecrest Ski Area. The ski area has successfully installed 2 new chairlifts, connected Eaglecrest to the AEL&P electrical grid, and constructed a road to the top of the mountain. Revenue rose from $1.1 million per year to over $1.7 million. Summer operations have been increased with the partnerships with Alaska Zipline Adventures and Cycle Alaska.
Kirk assumed the role of Public Works Director in June of 2011. His department consists of the following divisions: Water, Wastewater, Streets, Capital Transit, and Recycling. There are many exciting challenges facing Public Works. Ensuring adequate funding of water and wastewater replacement and improvements, creation of a Transit Development plan to continue a high level of service to the community, and long term planning of Public Works projects are on top of the list of those challenges.
City and Borough of Juneau