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Posted on: June 13, 2022

Katrina Knutson to be Appointed City Administrator for the City of Gig Harbor

The City of Gig Harbor is pleased to announce the appointment of Katrina Knutson to the leadership position of City Administrator. This appointment comes with unanimous support from the City Council.

The appointment will become official upon approval of the City Administrator’s contract at the June 27 City Council Meeting.


“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve the City in this new role. Above all else, the City of Gig Harbor’s number one asset is the wonderful city staff, who I intend to support, consult, and collaborate with to achieve the City’s future goals.  It is through the hard work and dedication of the staff that the City can meet and exceed our community’s needs and desires.  I look forward to partnering with Mayor Markley, the City Council, City staff, and our civic partners as we work together to build on our strengths and strategically plan for a successful future,” said Ms. Knutson. 


Ms. Knutson has served in local government for over 17 years, most recently as the City of Gig Harbor’s Community Development Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Environmental Planning from the University of Washington – Seattle and will graduate with an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) in December from the University of South Dakota.  Ms. Knutson is a member of the International City-County Management Association (ICMA). She is a nationally certified planner from the American Planning Association, is green-belt certified in LEAN Management, and has received two Washington State Governor’s Awards for planning and public engagement.  Ms. Knutson is proud to have called Gig Harbor home since 2006.  


Upon Ms. Knutson’s appointment, Mayor Tracie Markley remarked, “In her interim role as City Administrator, Katrina has surpassed my expectations and has gained an even deeper level of trust with our staff and the community. Among her many strengths, Katrina has tremendous knowledge of City policy and procedure, steps up to any call for action, ensures excellence in all that she does and, most of all, cares deeply for others. In all of this and so much more, I am confident that she will effectively perform the duties of City Administrator.” 


As City Administrator, she will work closely with Mayor Tracie Markley and the City Council, managing the City’s daily operations, supervising all City departments and offices, and carrying out policies as set forth by Council through a process of collaboration with City staff. She will be responsible for enforcing the laws of the City, informing the Mayor and Council on important matters relating to municipal government functions, and directing the preparation of the City’s budget.

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