Prothman - Executive Recruiters

The following directory of executive search firms is an informative service for both public sector employers and job seekers alike. Executive search firms provide a variety of important and valuable services which include: personnel management and classification systems development; candidate recruitment and testing; test development and training; and general consultation on human resources-related topics.

Please do not send unsolicited resumes to executive search firms unless you are applying for a specific position for which they are conducting an active recruitment.

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Contact: Sonja Prothman
Work 371 NE Gilman Blvd, Ste 310 Issaquah WA 98027 Work Phone: (206) 368-0050Work Fax: (425) 270-3496Website: Website


Sonja Prothman

As Vice-President, Sonja directs the day-to-day operations of the Prothman Company and assists with recruitments, interim placements, and organizational assessments.  Sonja is a former councilmember for the City of Normandy Park, Washington, and brings to Prothman the “elected official” side of city government – an invaluable perspective for understanding our clients’ needs.  A Seattle native, Sonja earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Washington.

Greg Prothman

As President of the Prothman Company, Greg offers a unique combination of 20+ years of experience in various functions of government and 19 years of experience in public sector recruitment.  Prior to forming the Prothman Company, Greg served as a police officer for the University of Washington and the City of Renton, Washington.  He left police work after completing his master’s in public administration and spent nine years as city manager for the city of Des Moines, Washington.  A Seattle native, Greg completed his BA at Western Washington University and his master of public administration degree from the University of Washington.  Greg is a volunteer firefighter/EMT at Snoqualmie Fire Department and is a member of SMR (Seattle Mountain Rescue).

Barry Gaskins

Barry is responsible for candidate management.  His attention to detail and understanding of timeliness to the customer and candidates is remarkable.  Barry works with the lead consultant in following through with scheduling interviews, coordinating candidate travel, managing candidate application packets, and assembly of candidate information to give to the client.  Barry came to Prothman from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he served as a Program Assistant for four years in the US Library Program.  Barry earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University in Los Angeles.


Prothman specializes in providing national and regional executive recruitment services to large and small cities, counties, special districts, non-profits, and other governmental agencies throughout the United States.  Driven by our passion for local government, Prothman is known and respected for our outstanding customer service, quality candidate pools, and first-hand knowledge of local government.

Our Expertise:

  • Recruitment Knowledge and Experience: The Prothman team has conducted over 600 recruitments and interim placements.  We have read and screened over 15,000 resumes, and we have personally interviewed over 6,000 semifinalist candidates.  We know how to read between the lines, filter the fluff, and drill down to the qualities and experiences required to be a good manager.
  • Firsthand Knowledge of Local Government: Every Prothman team member has worked in local government.  Our talented consultants have a cumulative 180 years in local government service, with expertise ranging from organization management, police and fire management, human resources, finance, planning, public works, and elected public service.

Our Proven Process

Clients and candidates continually tell us that we have the best process and client service in the industry.  The tenure of our placements is among the best in the industry because we understand that “fit” is the most important part of the process; not just fit within your organization but fit within the community as well.

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371 NE Gilman Blvd, Ste 310 Issaquah WA 98027

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