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Kenneth Thomas

Kenneth Thomas

Position No. 1

Expiration 12.31.2019
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Biography

Education:

Regents College USNY:
1991 – B.A. Liberal Arts, History concentration

Arizona State University:
1981 – B.S. Political Science/Government
1986-1987 – Graduate studies in Public Administration
1997 – M.Ed. Secondary Education/Curriculum & Instruction

Municipal Government Experience:
  • City of Goodyear, Arizona
    1977 Elected as Council Member
  • City of Poulsbo, Washington
    2015 Appointed as Council Member
Military Service:

1981-1993 U.S. Navy (active duty)

1993-2005 U.S. Navy Reserve

  • Qualified Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) & Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway
  • Served aboard several ships of the Pacific Fleet that deployed to Asia, including USS Juneau, USS Barbey, and USS Mount Vernon
  • Shore duty as Naval Training Center instructor, office recruiter, and port operations officer
  • Commanding Officer of Navy Reserve ship repair facility unit
  • Retired as Navy Commander (O-5)

My career has been intertwined between electronics & aerospace manufacturing, naval operations, ship repair, and instruction/management of training programs. I retired from public education as teacher of human geography and have been working in the workforce development field as an industrial skills training coordinator in the Puget Sound area. Since 2009, I have owned homes and resided in the Stendahl Ridge neighborhood as well as the Deer Run neighborhood of Poulsbo, where I now reside with my wife, Cynthia.

On February 4, 2015, I was sworn in as the newest member of the Poulsbo City Council, appointed to fill a vacancy created by resignation. It’s been my goal to participate fully and meaningfully in the joint policymaking of the council. By participating in sessions of the Association of Washington Cities, Puget Sound Regional Council, Washington Cities Insurance Authority, and the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology, I have learned of upcoming technical, regulatory and legal changes that affect Poulsbo. My previous experience as an elected municipal council member has also been very helpful in accomplishing my duties.

City policies should always engender trust and cultivate neighborly involvement. People in Poulsbo have many different perspectives, are made up of different ethnic groups and religions. Some have lived here their entire lives. Some moved here from other states or countries. Others arrived here due to military assignments. Many young families have children. Some have chosen Poulsbo as the place for living their retirement years. All of these are citizens of Poulsbo and their perspectives, combined with the immigrant pioneer Norwegian heritage of the city founders, must be considered whenever city policy is made. I endeavor to do so as a city council member.

Committees

  • Finance/Administration
  • Community Services