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Date: September 25, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481
No. 06-75

Rowe-Hornbaker Named Assistant Director for Kitsap County Community Development

PORT ORCHARD, WA—Kitsap County announced today that Jeffrey L. Rowe-Hornbaker, who has served as Interim Assistant Director for the Department of Community Development since April 2006, has been appointed permanently to the position. Rowe-Hornbaker manages permit-related activities and code development for the Building, Development Engineering, Fire Marshal and Land Use and Environment Divisions. As the Assistant Director, his primary role will be to streamline permitting functions and to ensure fair and consistent interpretation and application of codes and ordinances.

“I feel very fortunate to manage a group of such hard working employees, and I look forward to improving our customer satisfaction while reducing permit approval times,” said Rowe-Hornbaker.

“During the past five months, Jeff has worked hard to improve systems and to balance work loads and statutory requirements for permits,” said Cris Gears, County Administrator. “The commissioners have expressed great respect for his work and strong support for his appointment to the Assistant Director's position. We are looking forward to his continued leadership.”

Rowe-Hornbaker has worked for Kitsap County for 15 years. Previously, he managed the county's development engineering process for land use and site development activities. Prior to that, he worked in various professional staff positions for the county's Public Works Department and for Pan Am/Johnson Controls at Bangor. He was also a General Contractor licensed in the state of Washington from 1986 to 2002, involved in all phases of commercial and residential construction. He still enjoys woodworking and volunteers when he can for community projects.

Rowe-Hornbaker and his wife, Juliet, live in Bremerton in a home the couple has remodeled. He and his wife enjoy travel and gardening. His most recent hobbies include surfing and running, and he is currently training for his first half marathon.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014