Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

Feb 10: Luncheon Speaker Mayor Patty Lent, City of Bremerton.


February’s Luncheon Speaker is Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. Mayor Lent is a 20 year, Life Member of our Council.

The City of Bremerton, home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, was founded in 1891 by German immigrant William Bremer. The history of Bremerton and that of the navy base have always been inextricably entwined.

On September 16, 1891, Lt Ambrose Wyckoff was appointed the first commandant of what was then called the Puget Sound Naval Station, and by June 1892 he had completed the purchase of a little more than 190 acres at the prescribed price of $50 per acre.

While Wyckoff was busying himself buying up land for the naval base, William Bremer, set about building a town next door. In September 1891 the navy raised the American flag over its land, and three months later, on December 10, Bremer filed a 25-acre plat for a new town named, somewhat immodestly, “Bremerton.” The navy base and the town thus came into the world together, and their fortunes have been linked, in good times and bad, ever since.

Mayor Patty Lent was elected November 2013 to her second term of office. Her political career began in 2003 as a Kitsap County Commissioner. She holds leadership positions on many boards including Kitsap Transit, Kitsap Mental Health Services, American Red Cross Advisory Board, Bremerton Central Lions Club, Kitsap Community Foundation, and is a life member of the United States Navy League, Eagles and VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

In the private sector her careers spanned mortgage banking, public relations, marketing and sales and an instructor at Edmonds Community College. Mayor Lent was a business owner in travel and tourism for more than 14 years in King and Kitsap Counties. She has lived in Bremerton with her husband Doug for 26 years and they have five children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.