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Date: January 23, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481                                      
No. 06-03

Baker Announces Resignation from Kitsap County

PORT ORCHARD, WA—Cindy Baker announced this past weekend that she is stepping down as Director of Kitsap County’s Department of Community Development (DCD).

In her letter of resignation, Baker stated, “After careful thought and consideration, I have arrived at the conclusion that it is in my best interest to pursue other opportunities for professional growth and development at this time.”

Baker originally joined Kitsap County as Assistant Director in November 2003. She was named Interim Director in April 2004, and was appointed on a permanent basis in January 2005. During her tenure, she was recognized as Public Official of the Year for 2004 by the Kitsap County Home Builders Association.

Baker brought a balanced perspective to the position, having worked in the private sector for 13 years and the public sector for ten years. Previously, she worked for King County and for several private engineering firms overseeing their planning and environmental departments.

“Cindy has done an excellent job of leading several major projects, including the update to the Critical Areas Ordinance,” said Cris Gears, County Administrator. “Another major project, the 10-year update to the county’s comprehensive plan, is slated for completion this year, and her departure leaves us with a big hole to fill at a critical time. The remaining management team in DCD is blessed with talent and leadership. For the immediate future, we will be working collaboratively to manage her tasks until a replacement can be recruited and hired.”

The county recently engaged the services of an Olympia-based consulting firm, Sage Solutions LLC, to study DCD’s services, organization and workload. The study, which is scheduled to be completed this spring, will measure customer and employee satisfaction, recommend actions to increase staff retention and provide solutions for strengthening service and developing the organization.

 “While Cindy’s unexpected departure has added another element to the management study, we plan to take this opportunity to step back and reevaluate the department’s functions and organization,” said Gears.

Until the position can be permanently filled, Assistant DCD Director Jim Bolger will handle day-to-day operations of the department, which has 82 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of $7 million. Gears will provide policy direction, guidance and logistical support to ensure that work on the 10-Year Comprehensive Plan update stays on track. 

“The department’s workload on high-profile land-use issues has taken a toll on DCD staff and its leadership,” said Jan Angel, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “Cindy gave it her all, and she really tried hard to keep us moving in the right direction. She has played an important role at the county, and we wish her the best of luck as she moves forward with her career.”

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