New city council member looks to give back

Government: Former Parks Commission member Rahna Lovrovich sworn in Monday night

of the GatewayFebruary 12, 2014 

When Rahna Lovrovich was sworn in as a city council member at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, she was standing on the same spot she went to elementary school, the old Harbor Heights.

She remembers the first fast food restaurant in town. She remembers the old and looks forward to the new.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes here in the harbor,” Lovrovich said.

Lovrovich was selected for the council seat that was vacated when Jill Guernsey was elected mayor last November. She previously served on the city’s Parks Commission, where she worked mainly on the Ancich Park project and Harbor Hill.

Lovrovich has seen the city grow throughout the years, and she’s also seen the city’s parks system expand. She said she’d like to see projects completed, mainly Ancich Waterfront Park and the Harbor Hill extension.

“I was really disappointed that it kind of got put on the back burner for a while,” Lovrovich said of Harbor Hill.

The downtown waterfront, where Lovrovich lives, also is important to the newest council member. She recently was named to the board of directors for the Downtown Waterfront Alliance.

Lovrovich hopes there will be more all-ages and year-round activities downtown. She cited the work of Harbor WildWatch and said she’d like to see more enrichment programs for all ages to experience what Gig Harbor has to offer.

She’d also like to see activities for the rainy months, which take up most of the year.

Lovrovich has 28 years of experience in the banking industry, most of it local.

“I chose to work where I live,” she said. “It was important for me to work with everybody from my community.”

Lovrovich is active in other areas of the community. She serves in schools and volunteers around town. She relishes her role as “team mom” for her daughter’s volleyball team at Peninsula High School.

Lovrovich’s first official city council meeting was pushed back two weeks. The Jan. 27 meeting was canceled due to illness and absences on the council.

“I was disappointed, because I was ready,” she said. “I did all my homework and was ready to go.”

Lovrovich said she never saw herself as a city council member, but when she got involved with the Parks Commission, she began to attend meetings.

“I just really, really enjoyed being involved with all the things that were going on with the city,” she said.

Lovrovich originally thought she would run for Derek Young’s vacated seat — Casey Arbenz won the unopposed race last fall — but she chose not to run due to the workload with Ancich Park.

When Guernsey’s seat opened up, Lovrovich determined now was the time.

“I love this community, I love this town, and I love the people in it,” she said.

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at karen.miller@gateline.com.

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