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City Manager's Office

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves at the Council's pleasure. The City's Manager's office provide management direction of all City departments and activities in accordance with City Council policies and direction, administrative support to the City Council, and contract administration. In addition, the City Manager and Assistant City Manager represent the City within the community and on regional issues to advance Kenmore's priorities and interests. The City Manager's office also oversees the City's legal services, public records requests, communications program, and special events program.

City Manager Rob Karlinsey

Rob Karlinsey was appointed Kenmore City Manager April 23, 2012. Karlinsey comes to the City of Kenmore with more than 17 years of governmental professional experience. He most recently served as the City Administrator of Gig Harbor, Washington.

Karlinsey is a Western Washington native and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University.

Council-Manager Form of Government

The City of Kenmore is organized as a council-manager form of government. This form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager, or in our case the City Manager. The governing body, commonly known as the council, may also be referred to as the commission or board.

The council-manager form of government establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.  As noted above, the City Manager is the only employee hired by the City Council. The City Manager implements the City Council's policies and oversees all City departments.

For more information about the council-manager form of government, please click here.