Assistant City Manager
Kirsten has served as Assistant City Manager since November of 2013. Kirsten was first hired at the City in 1987 as a Contracts Manager/ Thrift Shop Volunteer Manager/ Administrative Assistant in the Youth Services Department, where she spent her first 9 years working extensively with members of the community. Since that time, Kirsten has worked in or done special projects for each department of the City. A long assignment in the Development Service Group department provided the opportunity for thoroughly learning about both private and public development on Mercer Island. Kirsten spent three years as Administrative Services Manager at the City of Covington, returning to the City in 2010. Prior to working for Mercer Island, she worked as a mental health counselor focusing on teens and families.
Kirsten enjoys travel and learning about other cultures. Kirsten has two daughters in graduate school programs and starting their professional careers.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Gonzaga University
Masters of Counseling Psychology, Gonzaga University
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
ICMA - International City Managers Association
WCCMA - Washington City/County Management Association
Mercer Island Sister City Association, Board of Directors Member
What do you enjoy most about leading your department?
Working with smart, skilled and creative staff to serve the Mercer Island community is a privilege. Public service is challenging and rewarding, and the City Managerís staff are dedicated to serving this community.
What do you enjoy most about working for the City of Mercer Island?
Mercer Island is a community filled with interesting and passionate citizens. Serving this community requires staff to bring their ďAĒ game to work on a daily basis. It is challenging and rewarding to work on projects that make a difference on behalf of the community.
Address & Contact Information
Mercer Island City Hall
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98106
Phone: (206) 275-7661