Chief Administrative Officer

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The Chief Administrative Officer is appointed by the Mayor to oversee the day-to-day operations of the City, working closely with the Mayor, Kent City Council, and department directors. 


Derek Matheson 2020 Kent CAODerek Matheson is the Chief Administrative Officer at the City of Kent, the sixth largest city in Washington. Prior to working for the City of Kent, Derek was the city manager at the City of Covington for seven years and served in various roles at the City of Federal Way for 12 years, including assistant city manager and interim city manager. 

Derek has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington. His professional affiliations include the International City/County Management Association; the Washington City/County Management Association, where he is president this year; and the King County city managers and administrators group, where he is a co-chair. He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager.

Contact Derek

To contact Derek, call 253-856-5700 or email him at