The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners has appointed Jeffrey Rimack, chief building official for the county, to serve as the new director of the Department of Community Development, effective April 1.

He succeeds former director Louisa Garbo, who left the county the end of last year.

Jeff Rimack

Jeff Rimack. Photo courtesy of Kitsap County

In his new role, Rimack will manage the department’s 73 employees and oversee a budget of approximately $8.8 million. Prior to his appointment, Rimack served as 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, 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 the Officer in Charge with the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 18, Detachment Kitsap, where he leads more than 60 sailors. His leadership contributed to his command of 400 sailors, earning recognition for the last two years as 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,” 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.”