Kurt Triplett Starts June 28 as Kirkland’s City Manager

The Kirkland City Council approved an employment agreement and officially appointed Kurt Triplett as Kirkland’s new City Manager.  At its June 15 regular meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the resolution that sets forth the contract terms and conditions.  Triplett will begin with Kirkland on June 28, 2010 and will be paid $174,000 per year, subject to a 3.4% temporary salary reduction currently in effect in 2010 for all management and other City employees.  The contract expires in 2015.

“His experience and leadership style make him a great fit for the organization and community” notes Mayor Joan McBride.

“I know through my personal and professional experiences with Kirkland that it is an exceptional community supported by amazingly active neighborhoods and successful schools,” states Triplett.  “I’m honored to be named Kirkland’s City Manager and look forward to working with the Council, staff and community to keep Kirkland great.”

The City Manager administers and manages the City according to the mission, policies and guidelines adopted by the City Council.  Triplett will oversee the operations of ten departments and will be director of the City Manager’s Office (CMO).  CMO programs include neighborhood services, legislative advocacy, council relations, economic development, public information, tourism and the volunteer program.

Triplett served as King County’s Interim County Executive (2009), Chief of Staff to County Executive Ron Sims (2003-2009), Deputy Director of King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks (1998-2002), and Deputy Chief of Staff under Ron Sims and Gary Locke.    Triplett has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University (1989).  Triplett currently lives in Seattle with his wife and three children.

To view the City Council meeting video, go to www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/depart/council/Watch_Council_Meetings (Select June 15, 2010 meeting).