Longtime city human services coordinator retires
January 22, 2013
Longtime city employee Steve Gierke retired last month after serving as human services coordinator and in numerous other roles at City Hall.
Gierke most recently oversaw a broad human services portfolio — the City Council funds dozens of organizations and programs each year — and served as the liaison between the city administration and the Human Services Commission.
In early 2010, council members considered eliminating the human services coordinator position, but retained the position after realizing the extent of Gierke’s contributions.
“The biggest thing that Steve brought to his roles was his involvement with human service agencies,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a recent interview.
In earlier incarnations at City Hall, Gierke served as a coordinator for arts in Issaquah, a speechwriter for then-Mayor Rowan Hinds and as a spokesman for the city.