City Manager's Office

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The City Manager's Office (CMO) is available to assist you in:

  • Connecting you with the Kirkland City Council
  • Building stronger, active neighborhoods
  • Assisting your new or existing business to be successful
  • Finding volunteer opportunities that meet your needs
  • Keeping you informed and involved with the City
  • Helping you get connected to the right department for customer service

The department is involved in various local regional initiatives:

Additionally, the City Manager’s Office coordinates with and supports several advisory boards and community-based networking groups:

The City of Kirkland operates as a council-manager form of government. The City Manager serves as the professional administrator of the City and is responsible for coordinating all day-to-day operations. Implementation of the policies established by the City Council requires a close working relationship with community organizations, the private sector, and other governmental agencies. View the City of Kirkland profile for more information.

To stay informed:


kurt-triplett.jpgKurt Triplett was hired in June of 2010 as Kirkland's fourth City Manager. 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 $751 million biennial budget. 

Mr. Triplett is committed to keeping Kirkland exceptional and maintaining the quality of life residents enjoy.  His top priorities are outlined in the City Work Program, which is adopted by the City Council every two years.  The Council has charged Mr. Triplett to have a strong focus on jobs and economic development and keeping Kirkland safe, green, livable and walkable.  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. 

Mr. Triplett is past chair and serves on the Board for A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH). He is also currently chair of the Eastside Public Safety Communications Agency (EPSCA) as well as a joint board member for the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN).  Both agencies provide emergency radio support for Police and Fire Services.  Mr. Triplett was awarded the 2016 "Award for Excellence" by the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA).

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

Meet the rest of the City Leadership Team

Tracey Dunlap.jpgTracey Dunlap is Deputy City Manager of Operations at the City of Kirkland and functions as the City's Chief Operating Officer. She served as Kirkland's Director of Finance and Administration from 2006 through 2014. Prior to joining Kirkland, she was a principal and shareholder in the FCS Group, a regional financial and management consulting firm, and previously worked for a large defense contractor and a major financial institution. Tracey is an industrial engineer registered in the state of Washington and she has presented on a wide array of topics for professional organizations. She currently serves on the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) Board of Directors. 

Jim-Lopez.jpgJames Lopez is the Deputy City Manager for External Affairs at the City of Kirkland. As part of his duties with the City, Mr. Lopez is responsible for the administration of the City’s economic development, civic engagement, and communications programs. Prior to becoming the Deputy City Manager for External Affairs, Mr. Lopez served as Assistant City Manager and Director of Human Resources and Performance Management for the City of Kirkland. Mr. Lopez has also served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Management for King County, and as Deputy Chief of Staff to King County Executive Ron Sims. Mr. Lopez holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a JD from Case Western Reserve University.

City Manager's Office 425-587-3001
City Manager's Fax 425-587-3019
Switchboard 425-587-3000

City Manager
Kurt Triplett

Deputy City Manager
Tracey Dunlap

Deputy City Manager for Operations
Beth Goldberg

Deputy City Manager for External Affairs
James Lopez

Web and Multimedia Content Specialist
Chris Hendrickson

Special Projects, Economic Development
Martha Chaudhry

Communications Program Manager
David Wolbrecht

Management Analyst
Andreana Campbell

Management Analyst
Carly Joerger

Volunteer Services Coordinator 
Patrick Tefft

Senior Design Specialist
Dimitri Ancira

Executive Assistant
Amy Bolen

Administrative Assistant
Carmine Anderson

The role of the City's Ombud Program is to review the decisions and actions of City personnel in any department. When a community member makes a complaint about a City staff person, the Ombud has the authority to evaluate the situation, document what occurred, and describe whether the situation fits into City policies, other applicable regulations, or expectations for constituent service. The Ombud has access to the City Attorney as well as any outside legal resources or other professional services required to fully investigate and evaluate the complaint.

Go to the Ombud Program Page