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Mayor Chuck Hunter announced Friday the resignation of City Administrator Rob Karlinsey. Karlinsey has been hired as the City Manager for the city of Kenmore, in King County.
“I have enjoyed working with Rob for the past five years,” Mayor Hunter said today. “Rob has been instrumental in the completion of millions of dollars of infrastructure projects such as the Borgen/Burnham/Hwy 16 Interchange, the new wastewater treatment plant and the outfall project. I know this is a great opportunity for him in his career, but he will be missed here in Gig Harbor.”
Karlinsey was chosen after a nation-wide search to succeed Frederick Stouder, who will retire in April after serving as Kenmore City Manager since 2008.
“We are very pleased to take this important step as a City. Mr. Karlinsey is well prepared to lead the implementation of the City Council’s priorities,” said Kenmore Mayor David Baker.
Karlinsey has served as the City Administrator in Gig Harbor since January 2007. “Making the decision to leave Gig Harbor is one of the hardest things I have ever done,” Karlinsey said today. “My family and I truly love this community, but this move is the best thing for my career.”
Karlinsey’s last day at the city of Gig Harbor will be on or near April 9. An interim City Administrator will be named at a later date.