January 31st, 2007
Contact: Carolyn Siems
Phone: (360) 337-4481
Kitsap County announces appointments to top posts
ORCHARD, WA—Kitsap County announced two top appointments today. Nancy
Buonanno Grennan, presently King County’s Labor Relations Manager, has been
appointed as the new Kitsap County Administrator, and H. F. “Chip” Faver,
former Director of Services & Recreation at Laughlin Air Force Base, has
been appointed Director of Facilities, Park & Recreation.
Buonanno Grennan, who resides in Poulsbo, has over 20 years experience in
human resources, labor relations and policy development. She is presently
the Labor Relations Manager for King County, where she develops and
implements policy in line with overall County goals, objectives and funding
parameters and oversees all labor negotiations for 92 bargaining units,
including working with County Officials on organizational structure, budget,
staffing, strategic planning and prioritization of resources. Buonanno
Grennan formerly held the position of Labor Relations Manager for Kitsap
County from 2000 – 2004. “Nancy brings a large skill set and excellent
collaboration skills that will serve us well,” said Commissioner Chris
Endresen, chair of the Board of County Commissioners.
Buonanno Grennan holds a Law Degree from University of Washington and a B.
A. in Psychology from Smith College. She will be responsible for overseeing
the six departments under the Board of Commissioners – Public Works,
Community Development, Administrative Services, Facilities, Parks &
Recreation, Information Services and Personnel and Human Services. “I am
extremely honored to have been offered the opportunity to serve Kitsap
County and the Board of County Commissioners in this capacity,” said
Buonanno Grennan. “The County has a tremendously talented and dedicated
workforce serving the citizens in so many diverse capacities; it is with
pride that I accept this responsibility to work with them as County
“Nancy has a demeanor that I feel will work well with citizens and staff
alike. She listens and has proven she can address and solve tough issues,”
said Commissioner Jan Angel.
“We’re excited to have Nancy back in the Kitsap County organization once
again. She is well respected by staff. She also possesses the skills
necessary to keep the Board’s momentum continuing as it has been under the
current Administrator,” said Commissioner Josh Brown.
H. F. “Chip” Faver, former Director of Services and Recreation for the
United States Air Force, has over 15 years of senior level parks and
recreation management experience. His past responsibilities have included
the development and implementation of recreation programs, development of a
multi-million dollar operating budget and long range capital improvement
planning and construction. “Chip has a marvelous “can-do” attitude. I look
forward to his innovative ideas being put to work here in Kitsap,” said
Faver has a B. S. in Recreation Administration and a minor in Business
Management from California Polytechnic University. He will be responsible
for overseeing the County’s facilities, project management, recreation and
programming, and maintenance and development of park properties. He will
oversee 60 employees and an operating budget of $6.2 million.
“Chip’s energy and enthusiasm for the job will be a great asset to Kitsap
County” said Commissioner Endresen. “Improving parks and recreation
amenities for families in Kitsap is a long standing commitment. We believe
Chip will be a strong leader in enhancing these amenities for the public,”
said Commissioner Brown.
Nancy will begin her new appointment on February 20 and Chip will start his
a week earlier – February 12, after moving here from New Mexico.