Tim Gately

Executive in Residence - Seattle, WA

Tim Gately

Executive in Residence - Seattle, WA


Tim Gately is an Executive in Residence for N2Growth. He is an experienced leader with a proven track record in public administration leadership, operations management, and personnel development. A veteran public safety command & executive officer, he has over 20 years of experience leading operations, administration, investigations, and community engagement. Tim currently serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Des Moines, Washington, where he has 24 years of experience, including leadership roles in operations, administration, and investigations. He served as a command-level officer for the City of Redmond, Washington, and began his career as a Washington State Patrol Trooper.

He founded Timothy J Enterprises LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategy development, positive culture-building, and organizational transformation. Tim firmly believes in the power of a positive environment to create open communication, build connections, and drive high esteem. He is a national instructor and speaker.

Tim has led successful initiatives to align performance appraisals, implement community-based court diversion models, and revise organizational policies and procedures. He has also partnered with stakeholders to revise state laws, leading to increased grant funding and extended renewal periods for regional task forces. His experience includes non-profit board membership and leadership.

He is passionate about developing people for senior leadership opportunities. Tim has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, a Master of Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego, and a B.S. in Communications from the City University of Seattle. He holds graduate certificates from the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia (Session 261), the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs (CO), and the Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker School of Management in Claremont, California. Tim is certified as a FIVE LENS Practitioner by Ennea International.

Tim resides in the Seattle, Washington, area with his wife and children and enjoys cheering for the Washington Huskies. As an active volunteer in his community, Tim supports organizations that encourage youth leadership, Special Olympics athletes, fine arts, and music.

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Executive Search Firm | Board, CEO & C-Suite Executive Recruitment - N2Growth


Our executive search practice in Seattle, WA focuses on senior executive, board and C-Suite searches. The world’s leading brands seek our counsel to build best-in-class leadership teams, to manage performance, and for succession planning. 

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Executive coaching, leadership development and assessments - N2Growth


Our broad portfolio of executive coaching & leadership development services in Seattle, WA pushes companies and teams to greatness, whether through 1:1 executive coaching or enterprise-wide leadership advisory. There actually is a silver bullet in business – it’s called great leadership.

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