National recruitment for new Mill Creek City Manager now underway

The search for Mill Creek's new city manager formally began the first week of January 2019 with a job posting on executive search firm Peckham & McKenney's website. The published recruitment schedule indicates a preferred candidate should be selected by the end of March.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

California-based executive search firm Peckham & McKenney started the search for Mill Creek’s new city manager a couple days into the new year by posting the job on their website and listing it on a number of job boards.

The Mill Creek City Council authorized Interim City Manager Bob Stowe to negotiate a professional service agreement with Peckham & McKinney to perform the search for a new city manager at their November 27, 2018, meeting.

According to a City of Mill Creek news release, “The California-based Peckham & McKenney has managed more than 100 city manager recruitments in a wide range of communities, including work in Washington since 2005. Nearby, the firm recently has provided department director recruitment services for the City of Bothell and the City of Bellevue.”

Peckham & McKinney will be paid $25,000 plus expenses to fill the city manager vacancy. They guarantee that the successful candidate will satisfactorily stay on the job for at least one and a half years, or a new recruitment will be performed for no charge except expenses.

Drew Gorgey, the Peckham & McKinney head hunter who is conducting the search, interviewed each councilmember individually the week of December 10th in order to begin developing the tailored city manager candidate profile for his search.

Gorgey also interviewed city staff and other stakeholders that week to help him understand Mill Creek’s unique culture, current and future issues, goals, and expectations.

At their December 11th meeting the city council selected a sub-committee comprised of Mayor Pam Pruitt, Councilmember Mike Todd, and Councilmember John Steckler to work with Gorgey to complete the final candidate profile.

The final candidate profile published the first week of 2019 indicates the city council seeks a “experienced professional manager” with “the highest integrity and ethical standards” who will “establish stability in the position by serving for many years.”

The city council authorized Peckham & McKenney to advertise a salary range between $160,000 and $195,000 depending on experience and qualifications.

The published schedule for the recruitment process is as follows:

  • Application filing deadline: February 18th.
  • Preliminary interviews by Peckham & McKinney: February 26th to March 5th.
  • Search summary and candidate recommendations to city: March 12th.
  • Finalist interviews by city council and staff: March 22nd to 23rd.
  • Preferred candidate selection by city council: March 29th.

At the December 11th city council meeting Gorgey expressed confidence that a good city manager will be found.

He told the city council via telephone that although Mill Creek’s history with city managers creates some hurdles to overcome, “It is a very attractive opportunity and I’m certain we’re going to get a good pool (of candidates).”


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