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Former Commish Endresen Makes New Career Move

July 16th, 2010 by Chris Henry

You’ll read about this in our Monday edition, but now you can say you heard it here first.

Former North Kitsap Commissioner Chris Endresen has left U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office to join the Puget Sound Regional Council. Friday was her first day as director of economic development for the agency, which oversees transportation, growth management and economic development in Kitsap, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

“This is a great opportunity for me to work regionally with a diverse group of people,” Endresen said. “I absolutely love the organization and its mission.”

Endresen served as Kitsap County commissioner from January, 1997 until June, 2007, when, part-way through her third term, she announced that she was to head up Cantwell’s Washington State office.

During her term on the county’s board of commissioners, Endresen served on PSRC’s executive board and transportation policy board. The state of the economy puts the Puget Sound region at a pivotal point, she said.
“The challenges of economic development in the state present really great opportunities for us as a region and statewide,” Endresen said.

I stand corrected. If you read the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, you heard it there first. Chris Henry, reporter

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5 Responses to “Former Commish Endresen Makes New Career Move”

  1. BlueLight Says:

    One more BIG reason Kitsap needs to get out of the PSRC.

  2. Lary Coppola Says:

    This was actually published “first” by the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, was sent as a breaking news email to subscribers, and appeared on it Web site on Thursday.

  3. Chris Henry Says:

    Lary – Fair enough. Let’s note, however, that the reason the KPB had it first is that you sit on the executive board of the PSRC. According to an e-mail the Kitsap Sun received from the PSRC Friday (at my request after I called Chris Endresen on another matter), the notice of Endresen’s hire was sent to the PSRC’s executive committee and economic development district board. It was not a general media press release.

    Chris Henry, reporter

  4. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    That’s funny. Some folks claim “first” by earning it…not having it handed to them “first” then bragging about it.
    I don’t know how accurate the kpbj article was but it seemed to point out Chris Endresen is non-business promoting and indifferent to the voters right to vote on critical issues…like NASCAR.. why would PSRC want her?

  5. BlueLight Says:

    “…why would PSRC want her?”

    Because she is a good party member and has pledged allegiance to the PSRC “vision”. Do you think the PSRC picks staff based on any other qualification? Chris Endresen as Director of Economic Development? I would love to see the list of “economic developments” that earned her this vaunted position. It’s party deck-stacking, Sharon. Nothing more.

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