Welcome to Gig Harbor!
I was just five years old when my family moved to Gig Harbor in 1982. We fell in love with it immediately and knew from our first drive through town that it was a special place where we would live, work and play for many years. Now, as I raise my own family here, I see our city through a new lens. Instead of “What can my city do for me?” I think, “What can I do for my city?” The privilege of serving as Mayor in the town I grew up in is an honor beyond what I ever thought possible.
I attended Peninsula Schools from first through twelfth grade and graduated from Peninsula High School in 1994. Go Hawks! Upon graduating high school, I was immediately interested in starting a career in real estate. I worked for a couple of top agents and became the youngest licensed real estate agent in Gig Harbor at the age of 18. Whether through my experience in real estate, processing mortgages, advertising, office management, human resources consulting, and even working downtown at William Patrick’s Drive Thru Coffee Shop, I have learned to be a great listener and solution finder.
Although the majority of my employment history is outside of government service, I have gained extensive experience serving as a Parks Commissioner for almost two years, followed with being elected as a City Councilmember for over two years, and now, as your Mayor. I have learned how to listen to the heartbeat of our city.
Who knew we’d be entering 2022 still facing a global pandemic? Our city has remained strong, even in the face of the greatest uncertainties. We have come through the last two years perhaps a bit weary, but still holding on to hope. The commitment to each other and preserving our small town feel even as we’ve grown so much in such a short time is what makes Gig Harbor unique and special.
Our city, just like every other city, is facing new and unique challenges that we have never faced before. What I know in my heart is that Gig Harbor is going to continue to rise above these challenges and we will come out of this stronger than ever before. However, it is going to require us to do whatever it takes to make that happen.
I have every confidence that we will rise to the challenge and overcome any obstacle standing in our way. I know this to be true because we still smile at each other when we walk downtown with our families. We still stop and have conversations. We still care. We are still Gig Harbor.
This is our city. We need to protect and cherish it. Gig Harbor is a true gem. I’m so optimistic for our bright future and so incredibly honored to serve this community with passion and integrity. Thank you for putting your trust in me. Here's to you, Gig Harbor!
Mayor Tracie Markley
City of Gig Harbor