Kennewick Proclaims Bob Olson Week
At last night’s city council meeting, Councilman Bob Olson was surprised with a special recognition for his 25 years of distinguished service on the council and his significant contributions to the city.
In honor of this recognition, the Kennewick City Council also proclaimed March 20th – 26th R.E. “Bob” Olson Week.
During this week, Fruitland St. has been temporarily renamed R.E. Bob Olson Way and a street sign depicting this name change has been placed at the corner of Columbia Dr. and Fruitland St.
Olson was elected to City Council and has served in that capacity since, January 1, 1988. He also served for nine years on the Board of Adjustment.
He has worked on improving local transportation infrastructure, including greater regional cooperation on transportation issues.
He has served as Chair of the Regional Surface Transportation Program Committee that deals with the allocation of millions of dollars for area transportation projects.
He has been an active member of the Benton-Franklin-Walla Walla Good Roads and Transportation Association for more than 15 years, and served on the Transit Board for 17 years.
Olson was appointed to the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments in January 1992 and continues today serving on the Policy Advisory Committee for Transportation Planning, and on the Executive Board, and as Chair of the Budget Committee.
He was elected President of the Council of Governments in March 2000 and served four terms. In 2012 Councilman Olson was appointed by Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond to serve on the State’s Transportation Improvement Board.