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Pete Kmet, Mayor

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Tumwater Mayor 

kmet Pete Kmet, Mayor
City of Tumwater, WA

Phone: (360) 754-4120
Term of Office: 01/01/2018-12/31/2021
Occupation: Retired Professional Engineer, Washington State Department of Ecology 

Council Committees/Intergovernmental Assignments

Budget and Finance Committee - Chair; Capitol Lake EIS Committee; LOTT Alliance Board of Directors; Transportation Policy Board

Areas of Special Interest/Priorities

Growth-related issues; Public works issues including transportation, water, sewer, stormwater; Making sure that new development pays its own way; Continued progress paving neighborhood streets and in-filling of sidewalks in existing neighborhoods; Gaining community support for improving Capitol Boulevard by making it more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, adding landscaping and underground power; Facilitating opportunities for redevelopment of the former Olympia brewery property and Tumwater's new Town Center at the north end of the Olympia airport. Mayor Kmet states his reason for becoming mayor is to ensure neighborhoods have a strong voice at City Hall and to encourage citizen involvement in our community.


Pete Kmet was elected as the 42nd Mayor of the City of Tumwater, Washington, in November 2009. Prior to being elected as Mayor, Pete served on the Tumwater City Council for 18 years and as Mayor Pro Tem for 14 of those years. 

Mayor Kmet wants neighborhoods to have a strong voice at City Hall and is always looking for new ways to encourage citizen participation. Pete believes Tumwater is poised to do great things and enjoys helping Tumwater become an even greater place to live, work, and play. Pete and his wife, Nancy, have two adult sons, Michael and Nicholas, who were raised in Tumwater.

The Mayor position is considered part-time. Pete recently retired as a senior environmental engineer with the Washington State Department of Ecology.  In his spare time, he enjoys participating in community events, woodworking, and reading about the early days of space exploration.

Tumwater Elected Service History

Council Position No. 2 - 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; Mayor - 2010, 2014, 2018


Please contact the Executive Department at (360) 754-4120 to schedule an appointment with Mayor Kmet.

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