Thomas Moak

Community Leader for Nearly 40 Years

Thomas Moak has lived called the Tri-Cities home for nearly 40 years, moving here in 1979 to accept a librarian’s job at Mid-Columbia Libraries. He began as the head reference librarian and has had many titles over the years, including interim library director. Most of Moak’s tenure has been serving the public as branch manager at the Kennewick and West Richland branches.

Working in the library in downtown Kennewick resulted in Tom getting involved with the local museum down the road in Keewaydin Park and then in downtown Kennewick. He rose to leadership with the museum, serving as President for three years, moved into a historic home in downtown Kennewick, and helped organize historic homes tours and walking tours of the historic downtown area.

One of the leaders at the museum was the late George J. Jones, (later a port commissioner) who led Moak to the Kennewick Kiwanis Club, where he has been a member for over thirty years and President in the 1990s. Kennewick Kiwanis has been a great service club with major duties at the Benton-Franklin Fair and later at Amistad School, in working to help break the cycle of poverty in our community.

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Elected Experience

Commissioner, Port of Kennewick,
Councilman, City of Kennewick,
1998-2009 (Mayor 2009)
Washington House of Representatives,
1994 (appointed)

Professional Experience

Librarian and Manager,
Mid-Columbia Libraries 1979-present


M. Lib. University of Washington
B.A. Western Washington University

Community Service

Kennewick Housing Authority,
Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership,
Tri-City Cancer Center Men’s Club,
Corresponding Secretary
Kennewick Kiwanis,
Past President
East Benton County Historical Society,
Past President
Benton-Franklin Board of Health,
Past Chair
Columbia Basin Badger Club,
Past Secretary
Kennewick General Hospital Foundation,
Past Board
Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau,
Past Board
Tri-Cities Food Bank,
Past Board
Association of Washington Cities,
Past President