King County Executive

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King County Executive
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Logo of the King County Government
Dow Constantine 02.jpg
Incumbent
Dow Constantine

since 24 November 2009
Appointer Electorate
Metropolitan King County Council (unexpired terms)
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder John Spellman
Formation 5 November 1968 (charter approved)
1 May 1969 (charter took effect)
Salary $181,227 (2008)
Website http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec

The King County Executive is the highest elected official representing the government of King County, Washington, USA. The post was established with the implementation of the Home Rule Charter for King County on November 5, 1968.[1] Previously the powers of the County Executive were vested in a three-member County Commission, which with the implementation of the Home Rule Charter in 1969 ceased to exist. The County Executive is elected every four years and the post is nonpartisan.

The first county executive was John Spellman, from 1969 to 1981. The current Executive is Dow Constantine, elected to replace Ron Sims since he resigned to become Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration on May 8, 2009.

List of Executives[edit]

Order King County Executive Took office Left office Terms
1 JohnDSpellman.jpg John Spellman March, 1969 January, 1981 3+
2 Ron Dunlap January 14, 1981 November 18, 1981 <1
3 Randy Revelle November 18, 1981 January 1, 1986 1
4 KCE Tim Hill.jpg Tim Hill January 1, 1986 January 4, 1994 2
5 Gary Locke official portrait.jpg Gary Locke January 4, 1994 January 15, 1997 <1
6 Ron Sims official portrait.jpg Ron Sims January 15, 1997 May 8, 2009 2+
7 Kurt Triplett May 8, 2009 November 24, 2009 <1
8 Dow Constantine 02.jpg Dow Constantine November 24, 2009 Incumbent <1

References[edit]

  1. ^ HistoryLink Essay: King County voters approve first Home Rule Charter on November 5, 1968

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