John Arthur Wilson has been praised by those inside and outside King County government as one of the most innovative, forward thinking managers in local government. He has a reputation for savvy development of mobile technology and public-facing solutions that enhance customer service while driving down costs.
Prior to joining KCIT leadership, he was Chief Deputy Assessor for nearly four years. During his tenure, he totally rebuilt the departments website, increasing traffic 10-fold to more than 3 million page views a month. He led a team that developed a best in class mobile iPad application for field data collection that saved the agency annually hundreds of thousands of dollar in avoided costs. And he spearheaded King County launching an online property tax appeals platform that after just one year is handling 53% of all appeals filed.
At KCIT, John is leading countywide efforts on building an “innovation culture” by encouraging employees and departments to think differently. He also played an important role in refining and improving deployment of a new Microsoft-based Unified Communications platform.
Throughout his career, John has created high performance teams or projects in the public and private sectors.
As a reporter, then producer and finally executive producer at KING 5 News, John’s work won the prestigious DuPont Columbia Award (broadcast’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize) three times in five year – unprecedented by local TV stations. John was also an award-winning print reporter at The Seattle Times and Seattle Weekly. His broadcast work has appeared on KING, ABC Network News, NBC Network News and CNN.
John has also served as a key staffer for leading public officials. He was Communications Director for former Congressman Al Swift. John was the first Public Information Director for the Northwest Power Planning Council while former Gov. Dan Evans was chair. And John served both as Communications Director and Chief of Staff to former King County Executive Ron Sims.
As a leading public affairs consultant in the Pacific Northwest, John was hired by former Gov. Gary Locke to develop the nationally winning strategy to keep Boeing building the 787 Dreamliner in the Evergreen State. He helped the ACLU lay the foundation for reform of state marijuana laws.
He also has a keen understanding of United States and Canadian trade. John was hired by the State of Washington and Whatcom County to identify trade and economic opportunities from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Because of his deep understanding of trans border issues, John has also worked for the federal Canadian government and the Province of Alberta on cross border commerce.
John jokes that he came across his IT skills “through reverse DNA – both my sons work in IT. When we get together, we’re often talking Seahawks one minute, and the next about IT.”
In addition to two sons, John and his wife Rebecca also raised two daughters.
In his spare time, John loves to read, cook on weekends, listen to jazz, hike in good weather, and travel.