Center christened for congressional leader

When the new city government center has its grand opening Oct. 23, it will bear the name of one of its tenants: Congressman Norm Dicks (D-Belfair).

“There’s no better person I could thinking of naming a building after than Norm Dicks,” said Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman.

Dicks has been a consistent supporter of the city and has worked hard to take care of things at home including the revitalization of downtown Bremerton, Bozeman said.

“He is a once-in-a-lifetime Congressman, who reaches across party lines,” Bozeman said.

Dicks’ reputation for getting things done has helped not only Kitsap County, but the entire state of Washington as well, Bozeman said.

“I’m honored that they thought of me,” Dicks said during a telephone call from his offices in Washington D.C. “Bremerton is my hometown and it’s always nice to be recognized.”

Dicks said he is looking forward to being in the same building as city officials and all the other agencies that will be in the new government center.

“The architects did a great job in designing it,” he said. “I know it’s going to be one of the major parts of the renovation of downtown Bremerton.”

Dicks said he is still working hard for the city and that the job won’t be done until downtown Bremerton is renewed and revitalized.

“I think it’s a fitting tribute to someone who has contributed so much to the city,” said Norm McLoughlin, director of the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority. “There are very few communities who have someone who given so much like Congressman Dicks.”

The decision to name the building in honor of Dicks was made by the tenants of the building, Bozeman said.

The majority of the city offices currently located in City Hall will be moving to the new building starting on Oct. 25.

The police department and city court will not be located in the center. Mayor Bozeman said a decision on their new location will be made within two weeks.

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