By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
At the July 27, 2021, city council meeting City Manager Michael Ciaravino announced that he hired Martin Yamamoto as deputy city manager.
Ciaravino told the city council, “I am really pleased this evening after a very long search, to announce the appointment of our first ever deputy city manager.”
The new deputy city manger role is to assist the city manager with departmental oversight; to coordinate internal and external initiatives; and to provide strategic advice to the city’s leadership team, boards, and commissions.
According to Ciaravino, Yamamoto began his new job on Wednesday, July 28th, by meeting with department heads and introducing himself to city staff.
He comes to the Mill Creek from the City of Seattle, where he last worked as the Police Department’s Fiscal Manager.
Ciaravino gave an overview of Yamamoto’s capabilities to the city council by saying, “He has over 18 years of experience working in finance, accounting, and team leadership roles within the City of Seattle as well as extensive experience working with police departments and police department culture.”
Yamamoto’s LinkedIn profile shows that he worked as a business consultant advising both domestic and international clients before taking on a number of roles at the City of Seattle.
He also co-founded a business-to-business e-commerce startup that was acquired by another firm after a couple of years.
Yamamoto has both an MBA in strategy and management, and a BA in business administration and accounting from Seattle University.
The Mill Creek City Council authorized the new deputy city manager position as part of the city’s 2021-2022 biennial budget.
Ciaravino attempted to assign then Mill Creek Finance Director Jeff Balentine to the deputy city manager position early this year and sent out a premature press release announcing the appointment.
Ballentine declined the position “for personal reasons” and left his finance director job with the City of Mill Creek in early 2021 according to an Everett Herald article written by Rachel Riley.
Ciaravino routinely declines to communicate with the press so Riley had to use a public records request to discover Balentine’s departure from Mill Creek.