OLYMPIA -- Thurston County Commissioners today named Cliff Moore as the new County Manager. Moore has served as the Interim County Manager since August 16, when former County Manager Don Krupp left to be the County Administrator for Clackamas County, Oregon. Before being named Interim County Manager, Moore served for four and a half years as the Director of the county's Resource Stewardship Department, and has been with the county for more than 10 years. -30-
"Cliff brings a depth of experience in both international and educational settings to the job, and he also has a wealth of experience when it comes to the inner workings of the county organization," said Thurston County Commission Chair Sandra Romero. "I'm confident that together we will continue the smooth transition already in motion. We're very happy to have Cliff on the team and look forward to working with him."
Commission Vice Chair Cathy Wolfe said, "I was a member of the county Commission when we selected Cliff to be the Director of the Resource Stewardship Department, and I thought then as I do now that Cliff brought a wealth of experience and knowledge and a good fit for the county. I look forward to working with him in his new role as the County Manager."
Commissioner Karen Valenzuela added, "We conducted a nationwide search for the position, and Cliff's skills and experience were very competitive. Thurston County is fortunate to have someone of his caliber for our county manager."
"I'm grateful to the commissioners for their support and honored to be chosen," said Moore. "The Thurston County organization has a lot of really great people--people who are dedicated to public service and who work hard every day to make Thurston County a great place for all of our residents. I feel very lucky to have been a part of this team for the last 10 years, and I'm looking forward to working with all of those great people in my new role."
Since being named Interim County Manager in August, Moore has assisted county commissioners with several key issues, including several land use hearings, the county's new plastic bag ordinance, and the beginning stages of the 2014 budget deliberations. Commissioners are expected to vote on a final budget package for 2014 in mid-November.
As the Director of the county's Resource Stewardship Department, Moore oversaw a diverse portfolio and staff in the recreation, stormwater, noxious weeds, and land use and permitting divisions, as well as the county fair and the county's WSU Extension office. Prior to his role as a department director, Moore served six years as the Director of the WSU Thurston County Extension office.
Before coming to Thurston County, Moore worked for more than a decade as the Associate Director of Extended University Services for Washington State University in Pullman. Moore also has traveled extensively in Africa and Central America, working on rural development, agriculture and infrastructure projects with the Peace Corps and other international aid organizations.