The City of Gig Harbor has named Wade Farris its new administrator, the city said Tuesday.
Ferris joins the Pierce County city from Othello, a city of 8,000 in Adams County, where he spent five years as city administrator. That marked his first foray into city work after several years in the Air Force, according to a news release.
In the Air Force, Ferris worked in management roles both in the United States and abroad and retired as Major General in 2013. He is known as an “inspirational leader,” according to the release.
He was selected from three finalists who visited the city last month for individual and panel interviews with city officials and residents, plus public forums.
“I’m honored that the mayor, city council, city staff and citizens selected me to be (the) next administrator,” Farris said. “I’m also ready and eager to help Mayor Kuhn and the Council achieve the goals and vision they have for the city’s future. My goal is to make a significant, positive difference for Gig Harbor during my time.”
The position became open after Mayor Kit Kuhn fired city administrator Ron Williams after taking office in January. It has been filled on an interim basis since, most recently by Tony Piasecki.
Farris’s appointment, announced by Kuhn, is effective Aug. 9.
“We are fortunate to have a strong leader join our team in Gig Harbor,” Kuhn said. “Wade has a distinguished background managing and leading in the [Air Force] at several bases in the United States. His experience in Othello adds another layer of expertise.
“Wade agreed with [my] vision and is as excited as I am to help implement [it]. We look forward to him arriving.”