County hires human services director

Doug Washburn has been chosen to be the director of the human services department for Kitsap County, it was announced Wednesday.

He is currently the director of King County Developmental Disabilities Division located in Seattle and has more than 25 years of experience in the development, management and oversight of human services programs at both the county and state level.

His salary was set by the county commissioners at $108,180.

Washburn has extensive experience in developing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with diverse community groups, stakeholders, service providers, legislators, governmental entities, professional associations and the public.

Bert Furuta, director of personnel and human services, said Washburn "comes to us with strong skills in the areas of public sector budgeting, policy development, lean management techniques and strategic planning."

Immediately prior to his current position with King County, Washburn was the office chief for field services support at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) division of developmental disabilities for five years.

That included representing the division on the Washington State Caseload Forecasting Council, policy development, program oversight and the development and monitoring of a statewide field services biennial budget of over $1.5 billion.

He has also served as the co-chair of the Washington State Association of Counties Human Services section, the Kitsap County Developmental Disabilities Coordinator, the executive director of a nonprofit agency in Kitsap County and a direct human services worker.

Washburn and his family are longtime residents of Kitsap County. He will begin county employment on June 3, and will work directly with Furuta, who is retiring on July 1, after 36 years wit Kitsap County.


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