Meet the City Manager

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves at the Council's pleasure. The City's Manager's office provide management direction of all City departments and activities in accordance with City Council policies and direction, administrative support to the City Council, and contract administration. In addition, the City Manager and Assistant City Manager represent the City within the community and on regional issues to advance Kenmore's priorities and interests. The City Manager's office also oversees the City's legal services, public records requests, communications program, and special events program.


About City Manager Robert G. Karlinsey

Following a nationwide recruitment, Robert G. Karlinsey was appointed by the Kenmore City Council to the position of City Manager in February 2012. Robert has succeeded the retiring City Manager Frederick Stouder officially assumed the duties on April 23, 2012.  

Robert Karlinsey was formerly the City Administrator of Gig Harbor, Washington from January 2007 to May 2012. Prior to Gig Harbor, Mr. Karlinsey served as the Deputy City Manager of University Place, Washington.  Mr. Karlinsey is a Western Washington native and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. 


Council-Manager Form of Government

The City of Kenmore is organized as a council-manager form of government. This form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a governing body (the city council), with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager, or in our case the City Manager. 

The council-manager form of government establishes a representative system where policy and budget authority is concentrated in the elected city council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.  As noted above, the City Manager is the only employee hired by the City Council. The City Manager implements the City Council's policies and oversees all City departments.

For more information about the council-manager form of government, please click here.



Last updated: Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:02am