Meet Kurt Triplett, Kirkland's City Manager
Kurt was hired in June of 2010 as Kirkland's fourth City Manager. With a population of 84,000, Kirkland is now the 13th largest city in Washington and the 6th largest city in King County. As City Manager, Mr. Triplett administers and manages the City according to the mission, policies and budget adopted by the City Council. Mr. Triplett oversees the operation of 12 departments, over 600 employees, and a $695 million biennial budget.
Mr. Triplett is committed to keeping Kirkland exceptional and maintaining the quality of life residents enjoy. His top priorities, as outlined in the City Work Program, include ensuring robust public safety and dependable infrastructure; implementing the Cross Kirkland Corridor Maser Plan while focusing on the Totem Lake Connector bridge; and partnering with A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH), churches and non-profits to construct a permanent women and family shelter in Kirkland. The Council has charged Mr. Triplett to have a strong focus on jobs and economic development and keeping Kirkland green, livable and walkable. Mr. Triplett is working with the City Council to navigate two major redevelopment projects: Kirkland Urban, a multiuse office, housing and retail development in downtown Kirkland; and the Totem Lake Urban Center which the residents of Kirkland wish to see transformed into a livable, walkable neighborhood with retail, housing and a beautiful park-like setting anchored by a redeveloped Totem Lake Mall. He spearheaded the purchase of the Cross Kirkland Corridor and champions developing the Corridor into an economic engine and a national example of multi-modal transportation and sustainability.
Prior to Kirkland, Mr. Triplett worked for King County for 17 years, including serving as the Interim County Executive in 2009, Chief of Staff to Executive Ron Sims, Deputy Director of Natural Resources and Parks, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Executive Sims and former Executive Gary Locke.
Mr. Triplett has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University (1989).
To reach Kurt:
Executive Assistant Amy Bolen