Hunter has served on the Fircrest City Council since 2012. His Council colleagues named him to the mayoral post for 2018-19.

He works as Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer for Metro Parks Tacoma. His role involves managing media relations and community relations for an independent agency providing parks, recreation and zoological services for the citizens of Tacoma and beyond.

Before joining the park district, Hunter served as director of communications for Pierce County. His responsibilities included leading the county’s community outreach plans as a member of the U.S. Open Operating Committee as well as during the formation of South Sound 911, the emergency communications agency.

Hunter previously spent eight years as a news editor at The News Tribune in Tacoma, and he started his career as a reporter and editor with The Associated Press in Raleigh, N.C., Harrisburg, Penn., and Olympia, Wash.

He grew up in Raleigh and has a bachelor’s degree in history from N.C. State University. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Fircrest, Rotary 8, the Public Relations Society of America, and Engaging Local Government Leaders.

Hunter and his wife Kathleen have lived in Fircrest since 2007. His kids have attended Whittier Elementary, Evergreen Primary, Chambers Primary, Narrows View Intermediate, Drum Intermediate, and Curtis Jr and Sr High schools.