Kitsap PFD hunts for administrator

Now that the Kitsap Public Facilities District has a full plate before it that could get still more full, volunteer members are hunting for a part-time administrator.

The would-be manager is expected to report to the junior taxing district’s seven-member board and help craft everything from policy to long-range plans, to the district budget.

About a year and a half ago, the Kitsap County commissioners created the PFD to develop sports, entertainment and conference facilities in Kitsap County.

Since then, the PFD’s responsibilities have grown.

The PFD has a stable funding source over the next 25 years in the form of a small portion of the state sales revenues for the the district’s development projects.

It amounts to about $850,000 annually.

With that money, the PFD was able to borrow about $11.5 million in February to finance the Bremerton Conference Center and renovation to the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Central Kitsap.

The PFD is also considering putting a sales tax measure on the November ballot that, if approved by voters, could generate about $250,000 annually.

The PFD met Monday night to discuss the ballot proposal.

“The volume of work associated with our two regional projects, coupled with the board’s expressed interest in developing local and regional sports facilities has clarified the need for the PFD to have its own administrator,” said PFD director Rick Smith, a volunteer.

So far, the Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Department has helped support the PFD in an administrative capacity.

But that’s asking too much.

“The parks department has worked long and hard to provide the PFD with outstanding service, but in order for this organization to achieve its long term goal of developing high quality facilities throughout Kitsap County, we’re going to need more administrative support than their staff can provide,” Smith said.

The part-time administrator would also be a liaison between the board and other community groups and would oversee the district’s funds.

The job would start at 20 hours a week, but could expand to full time if voters approve a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax increase, as could be proposed for the November ballot.

Applications are being accepted through August. The board hopes to hire an administrator by the fall.

The PFD has no other staff, save for some professional contracts with an attorney to provide the board with legal support and a development consultant to monitor the progress on the district’s regional projects.

The seven board members of the Kitsap PFD are not compensated.

For more information about the position, contact Cris Gears at 337-5361 or

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