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Office of the Mayor
220 Fourth Ave. S
Kent, WA 98032
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Elected by Kent voters every four years, the Mayor serves as Chief Executive Officer for the City of Kent, Washington. She works with a seven-member City Council and more than 700 City employees.
The Mayor works closely with department directors to coordinate the many functions of city government, presides over City Council meetings and works with the Council members to develop ordinances and resolutions that protect the interests of Kent's residents and business owners.
She also prepares and, upon approval by the City Council, administers the City's biennial operating and capital budgets.
Biography - Mayor Dana Ralph
Kent Mayor Dana Ralph is a lifelong resident of Kent, representing the fourth generation of her family to call Kent home. Dana graduated from Kent-Meridian High School. During high school, she met and later married her high school sweetheart Shawn. Together they raised two boys who graduated from Kentridge High School and are now both in college in Montana. More than 20 years ago, Dana started a small business in Kent, which she still owns.
Dana first entered local government about 15 years ago when she volunteered to serve on the Land Use and Planning Board and the Kent Arts Commission, combining her passions for smart growth and cultural arts. As she learned more about the inner workings of City government, she wanted to be more involved and to help shape the City’s future. Dana was elected to Kent City Council and served from 2012 through 2017, including two years as City Council president.
Wanting to further serve the City’s 129,000 residents and 4,000+ businesses, Dana ran for mayor in the fall of 2017. Elected by Kent voters, Dana’s mayoral term began January 1, 2018. She works closely with Kent City Council on policy issues and setting the direction for Kent. With the support of Chief Administrative Officer, Derek Matheson, Dana oversees City staff to ensure that the City’s vision, mission and goals are carried out. In addition, Dana serves on a number of local and regional boards to support Kent’s place in the region as the sixth largest city in the state and a critical economic engine serving Puget Sound and beyond.
Every day as the Kent mayor is different, but Dana loves the many different roles she plays. In particular, she loves meeting with business owners to help them form a vision for being a part of Kent. Dana also enjoys meeting with residents to hear their ideas and concerns, whether they are one-on-one conversations in her office, in a group setting like her bimonthly Coffee & Conversation events, or with a middle school class that wants to learn more about city government.
When not at work, Dana enjoys camping, spending time with family and friends, attending community events like concerts and the Kent Art Commission Spotlight Series, and volunteering. Dana is passionate about serving the many needs of our community, including those of the less fortunate. In fact, she is one of the founders of the Shop with a Cop program that raises funds to buy Christmas gifts for needy families through Kent Youth and Family Services, and she encourages all City employees to give back to the community whenever possible.
“I am so proud to be a part of Kent and to have the opportunity to serve the City I love so much,” said Dana. “Kent, Washington is where people choose to live and where businesses change the world.”