Former Tacoma City Councilman Kevin Phelps has been named deputy county executive by Pat McCarthy.
Phelps, who resigned his council seat in the middle of his second term, has been working with state Auditor Brian Sonntag in Olympia.
His new job starts Jan. 26.
Here’s the press release from the county…
Deputy State Auditor Kevin Phelps will leave Olympia to join Pierce County as deputy Pierce County executive beginning Jan. 26. He will be a member of County Executive Pat McCarthy’s administrative team of executive directors.
“Kevin has the public and private sector experience we need,” said McCarthy. “He’s results oriented and a skilled manager.”
Phelps served on the Tacoma City Council from 1998 to 2005 where he worked with Sound Transit and chaired the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department. Recently he owned and operated the Landmark Convention Center in Tacoma. He sold the center in August 2008. Phelps has worked in the State Auditor’s office for the past 14 months.
“Kevin’s contributions to this office have been impressive,” said Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag. “Pierce County is fortunate to have someone with his experience on the job during these challenging times.”
Phelps has said the only reason he would leave the state job is to work in his home community.
“I’ve always been intrigued by the possibility of working at an executive level for Pierce County. I wouldn’t have left the State Auditor for any other position. I will do whatever I can to support Pat McCarthy’s vision to make Pierce County government more efficient and effective,” Phelps said.
Phelps lives in Lakewood with his wife Lynda. He has two grown sons and one granddaughter.