|| July 28, 2014
|| Rebecca Pirtle, Communications Coordinator
County hires new
administrator, human resources director
(Port Orchard, WA) - The
Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointments
of a new County Administrator and Director of Human Resources, who will both
begin work at the county Sept. 2.
“These two positions have been vacant for quite some time, and it is
wonderful to welcome our new County Administrator, Karen Goon; and Human
Resources Director, Steve McLain. We are delighted to have these two
exceptional leaders join our county team,” said Charlotte Garrido, Chair of
the Board of County Commissioners.
As County Administrator, Karen Goon will provide managerial oversight to all
internal services including Information Services and Facilities, Human
Resources and Administrative Services, which includes Purchasing, Risk
Management, Public Disclosure and the Public Defenders’ Office. She’ll also
serve as an advisor to the Board and liaison between other county
departments. She is responsible for coordinating administrative functions
such as strategic planning and budgeting, labor relations, as well as
developing and implementing policy. She replaces Glenn Olson who served in a
more expanded role as Chief Administrative Officer and retired in February
Ms. Goon is a seasoned public sector manager with 18 years experience in
public administration, human resources and project management, most recently
as division manager for Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Support
Services, a position she held since 2008. She served as special assistant to
the Pierce County Executive on transportation issues from 2003 to 2008 and
deputy director of Pierce County Public Works for seven years prior. She has
also been a civil deputy prosecuting attorney for Pierce County. Ms. Goon
earned a Master of Public Administration degree, a Juris Doctor law degree
and bachelor’s degree in political science from Seattle University.
The new Director of Human Resources, Steve McLain, comes to Kitsap County
from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries where he has
been assistant director of the Office of Human Resources since 2011. The
Kitsap County Department of Human Resources provides human resources, labor
relations and benefits services for 20 county offices and departments
employing 1,200 employees.
Before reorganization, spurred by the retirement of several senior directors
and managers, Personnel and Human Services was a single department managed
by Bert Furuta who retired from Kitsap County in June 2013 after a 36-year
career. With his departure and as part of a countywide leadership continuity
restructuring, the Department of Human Services was separated and Doug
Washburn hired as its director in April 2013. Penny Starkey led Personnel,
now the Department of Human Resources, after Mr. Furuta’s departure until
her retirement in June of this year.
Mr. McLain brings broad experience honed over a decades-long career with
Labor and Industries where he managed a division of more than 50 employees
and was responsible for the agency’s Human Resource department. His work
included collaboratively bargaining union contracts for state employees,
designing compensation management structures for 200 managers and executives
within the agency, and providing leadership development and training to
employees while helping to set the agency’s direction and strategic plan.
During his tenure he also served as director of Labor Relations, operations
manager of Specialty Compliance, and as payroll manager and personnel
officer. He also spent three years as an accountant with the state Attorney
General’s Office. Mr. McLain studied business and ministry at Trinity Bible
College in North Dakota and Centralia Community College.