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Mill Creek City Council selects city manager finalists and schedules next steps

The Mill Creek City Council selected five finalists for their new city manager search the week of March 11, 2019. The city council hopes to identify a preferred candidate by March 29th.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

The Mill Creek City Council selected five finalists for their new city manager search the week of March 11, 2019.

Although each of the candidates has city manager experience, it seems that none of of them has Washington State work experience or education.

Peckham & McKenney executive recruiter Drew Gorgey, presented a full list of the 48 applicants with his search summary and recommendations during a closed executive session at a special March 12th city council meeting.

The Mill Creek community are invited to attend an evening social to meet the city manager finalists at The Forum in Mill Creek Town Center on Friday, March 22nd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

During the social, the city manager candidates will each have an opportunity to present information about themselves to the group, as well as to mingle with community members.

According to a City of Mill Creek news release, "In addition to the social, the five candidates will have a rigorous two-day interview process. On Friday, March 22, candidates will meet separately with a community panel, the City leadership team and a staff panel. Candidate interviews with the City Council are slated for Saturday, March 23. Additional interviews may be scheduled as the City Council determines."

The city council could discuss the candidates' qualifications during a closed executive session at their March 26th city council meeting. Any final hiring decisions will have to be made in an open public session. According to the city's website, they hope to identify a preferred candidate by March 29th.

California-based executive search firm Peckham & McKenney will be paid $25,000 plus expenses to fill the city manager vacancy. Their contract with the city guarantees that the successful candidate will satisfactorily stay on the job for at least one and a half years.

The city council voted unanimously to fire former Mill Creek City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto on October 2, 2018, after two extensive investigations showed she had been untruthful regarding her expense reports and management policies.

Here is the list of city manager finalists provided in a Mill Creek news release:

Steve Barwick, who served the City of Aspen, Colo., from 1993-2019, most recently as City Manager (1999-2019), and previously as Assistant City Manager and Finance Director (1993-99). Barwick also served as the Finance and Administrative Services Director for the Town of Vail, Colo. (1985-93), and as a Senior Policy and Budget Analyst for the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo. (1981-85). He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Michael Ciaravino served as the City Manager of the City of Newburgh, NY, from 2014-2018. Ciaravino previously served the City of Maple Heights, Ohio, in various capacities from 1991-2007, including: Chief Executive Officer and Mayor (2003-07); Safety Director (2003-07); and Lead Counsel (1991-2003). He also served the City of Maple Heights in 2003 as Director of Administrative Services on an interim basis. Ciaravino practiced local government law from 1991-2014. He holds a juris doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law in Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from John Carroll University in Ohio.

Matt Coppler serves as the City Manager of Lincoln Park, Mich., a position he has held since 2015. Coppler previously served as the Town Manager in Enfield, Conn. (2006-15), and as the City Manager in three cities: Batavia, NY (2001-06), Louisville, Ohio (1997-2001), and Gallipolis, Ohio (1994-97). He also served as Village Manager of the Village of Carlisle, Ohio (1992-94), and a Planner for Henry County, Ohio (1991-92).  Coppler holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Rick Rudometkin serves as the County Manager of Eddy County, N.M., a position he has held since 2013. He was also the county’s Public Works Director in 2013. Rudometkin served as the Streets Division Manager in Colorado Springs, Colo. (2012-13), and in multiple capacities in Modoc County, Calif. (2007-11), including Chief Administrative Officer (2009-11). He served the City of Dana Point, Calif. (2003-07) as the Public Works Manager/Streets Manager, and worked for Willdan (private sector engineering) from 1994-2003. Rudometkin holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Woodbury University in Calif. 

Shayne Scott serves as the City Manager of Kaysville, Utah, a position he has held since 2016. Scott previously served as the City Manager of Parowan, Utah from 2010-16.  Between 2005-10, he held management and GIS positions with Coldwell Banker Commercial and then Rosenberg Associates, both in St. George, Utah. He also served as the GIS Coordinator for Washington County, Utah (2000-05). Scott holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems from Utah State University. 

Editor's note: This article was edited on Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, to correct the spelling of Shayne Scott's name. The City of Mill Creek's Friday, March 15th news release contained the misspelling.

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