Meet Kurt Triplett, Kirkland's City Manager
Kurt was hired in June of 2010 as Kirkland's fourth City Manager. With a population of 81,000 after the annexation of 2011, 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 ten departments, over 500 employees, and a $540 million biennial budget.
Mr. Triplett is committed to keeping Kirkland the exceptional city that it is and maintaining Kirkland's quality of life. His top priorities include fully integrating the new neighborhoods of Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate into Kirkland, finding innovative ways to create jobs and growth through infrastructure investments, and helping the community create a new vision to guide Kirkland through 2035. 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 and local, regional and national developers and real estate industry experts on how best to catalyze redevelopment of the Totem Lake area. 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