Gretchen Kaehler Departs DAHP for Snohomish County
After 10 years working at the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Assistant State Archaeologist for Local Governments Gretchen Kaehler has left to work for Snohomish County government beginning Monday, August 13. During her busy and productive tenure at DAHP, Gretchen has successfully reached out to cities, counties, and special districts across the state to comment on locally authorized projects with potential to affect cultural and historic resources. She has written thousands of letters commenting on actions including new subdivisions, plats, schools, infrastructure projects, Shoreline Management Program (SMP) plans, plannng policies, and many more.
In her new position as the County's Archaeologist, Gretchen will be creating a program to protect cultural resources in Snohomish County working closely with the Historic Preservation Commission, other County departments, and building relationships with tribes and local jurisdictions. Gretchen and her family are moving from their current home in Pierce County to a home Snohomish County and and her office will be at the County Administration complex in downtown Everett.
While DAHP will miss her dedication and passion to protect cultural resources, we extend our congratulations and best wishes as she undertakes this exciting challenge to build a new program to protect archaeological resources at the county level.