County Administrator

  • Jefferson County, Washington
  • 1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, Washington
  • Jul 22, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management
  • Salary Top: Up to approximately $141,948 DOQ
  • Phone: 206-368-0050
  • Apply By: Aug 29, 2021

Job Description


Jefferson County, Washington

SalaryUp to approximately $141,948 DOQ


Located on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington, Jefferson County offers an amazing quality of life. The region offers incredible outdoor recreational opportunities both on sea and in the mountains, stunningly beautiful landscapes, and a uniquely vibrant cultural scene. Accessible by ferry or car from Seattle on the east side of the Puget Sound, Jefferson County has maintained a historic character while embracing a progressive and creative way of life. The communities of Port Hadlock, Irondale, and Port Townsend are as varied as the geography that surrounds them which historically formed a major seaport in the 1800's, and most of that era’s unique architecture remains.


Stretching from the Puget Sound to the Pacific Coast, Jefferson County is home to just over 32,000 residents. The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative authority of Jefferson County, is comprised of three Commissioners, and serve four-year terms. In addition, Jefferson County citizens elect their Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, District Court Judge, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Superior Court Judge, and Treasurer to serve 4-year terms. The County’s General Fund budget for 2021 is $22 million and the total budget is $60.5 million.


Under broad policy direction from the Board of County Commissioners, the County Administrator serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the County, and coordinates departments reporting to the Board. This position facilitates administrative functions that cross departmental lines, assists the Board in developing policy, and oversees its implementation through the continuing delivery of services to the community. The County Administrator carries overall responsibility and authority for the business and service delivery aspects of Jefferson County government.


A master’s degree in public administration or in a related field with 5 years of experience in managerial and executive level positions, or a bachelor's degree with 10 years of managerial and executive level experience is required. Any equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job will be considered. The selected candidate must have a valid Washington State Driver's License by time of hire.


For a complete position profile, full job description, and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: August 29, 2021 (open until filled).

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1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, Washington 98368 United States View Map