The City of SeaTac recently announced the selection of Gwen Voelpel as its new Assistant City Manager.
“We are so fortunate to have someone of Gwen’s caliber and experience join our team,” said Todd Cutts, city manager. “She has served many different communities throughout Western Washington in a variety of capacities and she will undoubtedly become an asset to our team and to the citizens of SeaTac.”
Most recently, Voelpel served as the parks and recreation director and chief policy adviser for the City of Snoqualmie, where she updated a number of parks, recreation and open space codes, rules, plans and policies, oversaw the construction of the city’s first community center and managed more than 35 parks and 30 miles of trails including parks and facilities under development.
Over the course of her career, Voelpel has served a variety of public service and leadership roles from public relations and project management for the Washington State Department of Revenue in Olympia to assistant to the city manager for the City of Tacoma. In those positions Voepel took initiative to create and implement many significant firsts, such as creating the City of Black Diamond’s first website and newsletter as city administrator, as well as implementing the City of Snoqualmie’s first performance management program.
Voelpel is a communications graduate of Evergreen State College and she completed her Masters of Public Administration with a focus on local government management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007.
The city says Voelpel is bringing more than 20 years of executive-level public service experience and expertise to the community.