Longtime city human services coordinator retires

January 22, 2013

By Staff

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.

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No Responses to “Longtime city human services coordinator retires”

  1. Carolyn Lopez on January 25th, 2013 6:04 am

    Congratulations to Steve on retirement!! The City couldn’t have found a more caring representative for human services coordination. He frequently got involved with helping people far beyond what his job description required.

  2. Anne Freegard on January 28th, 2013 2:28 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS STEVE !!! I hope this time you STAY retired and take time for yourself and family doing all the things you’ve wanted to do “someday”. Well, today IS someday – go for it !!!!

    I thank you for the years of friendship while working at the City and all the many dedicated hours you gave for the better of our city.

    I wish for you many years of good times, lots of R&R and gobs of fine wine !!!

    Take care my friend – and remember what I always say – “Wherever you go, there you are !!”
    BIG HUG – Anne

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