MISSION STATEMENT -- The City of Gig Harbor seeks sustainable growth that protects our natural and historic resources, while preserving our values, quality of life, and culture. 

VISION STATEMENT – We are a community committed to managing a balance between the collective vision of our residents and commercial needs.  We will foster diversity and active participation from each neighborhood in preserving our community’s natural assets, quality of life, and cultural heritage.  We will manage the city’s resources with fiscal responsibility.  We will facilitate improvements developed in harmony with our unique maritime character and environment that offer residents, businesses, and visitors quality services that promote healthy lifestyles, high community standards, a safe environment, business success, and a welcoming community.


The administration of the City of Gig Harbor follows the lead of the Council.  While the role of the Council is to set the policies and thus the direction for the City, the administration is responsible for implementing Council-approved policies.  Administration covers the day-to-day management of operations.

In essence, the Council "steers" and the executive office and the administration "rows."   All departments report to the Mayor.  The Mayor delegates responsibilities to the City Administrator at his/her discretion.