The City of Marysville has hired an accomplished professional with vast public sector experience as its new Human Resources Director. Bill Kolden’s first day on the job was Monday, Oct. 2.
“I am delighted to welcome Bill to Team Marysville,” said Gloria Hirashima, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer. “His extensive experience and expertise are valuable assets to our growing city.”
Kolden’s public sector management and leadership career includes 28 years with the City ofSeattle, the last five of them as Human Resources Director for Seattle City Light. Since retiring from that position in 2004, he served as Human Resources Director for Snohomish County Fire District #1 and the cities of Kirkland, Chehalis and Vancouver, Wash., in both interim and regular employment capacities. He also did consulting work for several other cities and public agencies.
“I’m very excited about being able to join the City of Marysville team and blending my background and experiences with those of the other city staff,” Kolden said.“My initial impressions of the city and staff are that this is a very well-run organization with very competent employees. However, like any other organization, public or private, there are constraints on the level of service that can be provided to citizens or customers. I see my role as helping the organization work well within those constraints and anticipate future organizational needs.”
Kolden holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Western Washington State College with post-graduate work in Personnel Administration, Human Resources Management and Business Management. He lives in Brier.