(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Rimack as the new director of the Department of Community Development, effective April 1, 2019. He will manage the department’s 73 employees and oversee a budget of approximately $8.8 million.
Mr. Rimack is currently Assistant Director of the department and Chief Building Official for the county. He was selected from nearly 50 applicants across the country and locally.
“We had two excellent final candidates for this position,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe, chair of the Board of Commissioners. “Jeff Rimack was chosen by the Board for his collaborative leadership and professional abilities, and military background. The combination of his technical expertise and strong customer service philosophy was compelling.”
Since joining Kitsap County in 2008, Mr. Rimack served as an engineering technician, plans examiner, and construction inspection supervisor. As the county’s Chief Building Official, he conducts training and interacts with the development community, citizens and contractors. As a project expediter, he worked with all divisions of the department and is former president of the Local 1308 Union, which provided him experience working with human resources, collective bargaining agreements and labor negotiations.
He also serves as Officer in Charge with the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion #18 Kitsap, where he commands 400 sailors that earned recognition the last two years as being the top unit in the Naval Construction Forces.
“Our screening process yielded several highly capable professionals with varying backgrounds and it was gratifying to find our successful candidate within the department,” Commissioner Wolfe noted. “We appreciate the patience and participation of Community Development staff as we moved through the hiring process, and the input from external panel members and many others who provided comment during listening sessions that informed development of the recruitment announcement.”
Mr. Rimack holds multiple certificates as a building official, inspector and plans examiner and within the Navy for construction inspection, journeyman instructor training and welding. He is also a certified Lean Practitioner and will continue the department’s pursuit of improved efficiency and innovation.
He replaces former director Louisa Garbo who left the county the end of last year.
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