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Kirkland Deputy City Manager Wins State Association Award

Tracey Dunlap awarded for “Outstanding Achievement and Exemplary Work”

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kirkland Deputy City Manager Tracey Dunlap was awarded the 2018 WCCMA Outstanding Assistant Award, the Washington City/County Management Association’s (WCCMA) prestigious award for deputy and/or assistant city managers. The award recognizes leaders in government who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and exemplary work, provided valued assistance to a chief local government manager and made significant contributions toward excellence in leadership.  

“We are very proud of the exceptional work Tracey does for the City of Kirkland and are pleased she has been recognized across Washington as a top government professional,” said Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen. “Tracey has been instrumental in implementing major projects for the City, ranging from new technology implementations to human services and housing initiatives.”

Dunlap was nominated in 2018 because of her success leading two financial system implementations that, by cost and complexity, were two of the largest technology system implementations the City of Kirkland has ever undergone.  Additionally, Dunlap has led a team representing both the public sector and nonprofit organizations that is building the permanently-sited Women and Family Shelter in Kirkland, and she successfully spearheaded the Houghton Court apartments swap for the King County Housing Authority Park maintenance center property.  

“I am honored to receive this award from my colleagues,” said Dunlap. “Major city projects are true team efforts and are a tribute to the talented staff, hardworking City Council and caring, dedicated members of the Kirkland community. Receiving this award reminds me of how lucky I am to be part of this community.”

It was noted that Dunlap goes far beyond “valued assistance” and also makes significant contributions toward excellence in leadership for Kirkland and the profession. She supports her colleagues, helps others be successful and mentors younger staff. Dunlap has also consistently given her time and talent to government-related nonprofit organizations such as the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) and WCCMA through writing columns, co-teaching “Welcome to Washington” and contributing to the development of the WCCMA Women’s Leadership Academy. Dunlap teaches classes at the University of Washington and often sponsors UW MPA student interns, helping foster the next generation of public servants.  

The award is chosen from a pool of nominations that are reviewed and scored by a panel of elected officials and administrators from around the state.  This is not the first time City of Kirkland leadership has been recognized for their achievements. City Manager Kurt Triplett received the 2016 Award for Excellence and Deputy City Manager Marilynne Beard also received the Outstanding Assistant Award in 2012.

“Having such incredible talent at the helm, as well as an outstanding staff team has made an immeasurable contribution to the success of our City,” added Mayor Walen. “Working together, we are able to accomplish great things for our community.”


Contact: Joy Johnston 
Interim Communications Program Manager
(425) 587-3021