’s outgoing city administrator, Rob Karlinsey, received a standing ovation at his final Gig Harbor .
In an emotional speech, Karlinsey thanked Mayor Chuck Hunter, the city council, his coworkers and his wife, Michelle, for supporting him throughout the last five years.
“This is an amazing community,” Karlinsey said. “I’ve met some of the most amazing and interesting people I’ve ever met. I think we should definitely be grateful for the type of citizens we have here.”
Karlinsey resigned from his position in February after he was .
Council members and local residents commended Karlinsey, who was hired in January 2007, for his leadership, energy and professionalism.
“Rob has worked for me for five years. I couldn't have asked for a better guy to help me out,” Hunter said. “He’s very knowledgeable. He’s very conscious of public service.”
Karlinsey’s successor, Denny Richards, The former city manager for Kelso has served as the Gig Harbor police chief from 1987 to 1995. Since then, he has held several full and interim Manager and Assistant Manager Positions at Fircrest, Sammamish, Long Beach and Jefferson County.
Monday was Richards’ first day with the City of Gig Harbor.