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Posted on: April 27, 2022

City Hires New Planning & Community Development Director

Patricia Charnas

Bainbridge Island City Manager Blair King announced today he has appointed Patricia Charnas as the new Planning and Community Development Director. 

A Kitsap County resident since 2004, Charnas comes to the City with more than 26 years of experience in planning. She was previously Director of the Jefferson County Department of Community Development, where she was responsible for the update to the Comprehensive Plan, Critical Areas ordinance, Pleasant Harbor Master Planned Resort, and other complex projects that required community input throughout the process. Charnas previously served in multiple planning roles with Kitsap County for over a decade, and held leadership positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency. 

Charnas has a strong environmental background with a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master of Science in education from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Public Health, with a distinction in environmental health, from Yale University. She is the past president of the Washington State Association of County and Regional Planning Directors.

Charnas will lead the Department of Planning and Community Development, which implements the City’s land use policies and regulations through planning and building permit review, ordinance development and code compliance. 

“I’m very pleased to welcome Patricia to our team,” said King. “She brings a wealth of planning and management experience. She is the right person to lead a team of professionals to accomplish the community’s goals in both long range and implementation planning.

“I have been watching Bainbridge Island closely for several years,” said Charnas. “I look forward to developing and implementing the ambitious list of community initiatives. This is an exciting time.”

Charnas will start May 16. Her starting salary is $156,082 per year.

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