One of these two men will be Kirkland's next City Manager

The Kirkland City Council has winnowed the 90 applications for City Manager down to just two finalists: Kurt Triplett, former King County Executive appointed by Ron Sims and Dave Zabell, Assistant City Manager for the City of Yakima. “The City Council has conducted a thoughtful and careful recruitment process” notes Mayor Joan McBride. “We look forward to selecting a candidate that best fits Kirkland’s needs as an organization and community.”

Prior to his being appointed by the King County Council to complete the term of King County Executive when it was vacated by Ron Sims, Triplett served as King County’s Chief of Staff, Deputy Director of the County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, and Deputy Chief of Staff under Ron Sims and Gary Locke. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University (1989).

Zabell has been with the City of Yakima since 2005. He is the former Public Works Director of the City of Bothell and former City Administrator and Public Works Director for the City of Marysville. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, University of Washington (2005) and a Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, Upper Iowa University (1989).

According to the Yakima Herald, Zabell said, "This opportunity to me is extremely unique and the only one I've applied for. I'm not actively searching for other opportunities."

Zabell has been the top aide to Yakima City Manager Dick Zais since 2005, when he was hired to replace longtime Assistant City Manager Glen Rice.

Zabell is a self-described Navy brat who grew up in Shoreline, Wash., and has spent most of his career in public administration on the west side. He is the former public works director for the city of Bothell and has also served as public works director and city administrator for the city of Marysville.

Zabell has a master's degree in public adminis-tration from the University of Washington. He earned his undergraduate degree from Upper Iowa University.

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Kurt Triplett was the 7th King County Executive. The Metropolitan King County Council appointed Triplett who had previously been Chief of Staff to Ron Sims, prior to Sim's resignation as King County Executive in order to serve as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Triplett was appointed to the position after a commitment not to run for election for the upcoming full term. In the November 3, 2009 Executive election, Dow Constantine was elected to succeed Triplett. Constantine was sworn in when the results were certified on November 24, 2009.