City unveils finalists in administrator search
September 7, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
The field to be the next Issaquah city administrator includes officials from Lake Forest Park, Yakima, Thurston County, San Juan County and Wyoming, Ohio.
The search to fill the No. 2 position at City Hall entered the final phase Sept. 6, as Mayor Ava Frisinger released the names of the finalists.
The process had been kept confidential to shield the finalists from questions from their current employers about their job searches.
The list includes Lake Forest Park City Administrator David Cline, Yakima Assistant City Manager David Zabell, Thurston County Manager Donald Krupp, San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose and Robert Harrison, the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb.
The in-state candidates offer experience in Western Washington municipalities; some bring experience in other King County cities to the table. Many of the candidates also served in cities similar to Issaquah in population. (Issaquah has 27,160 residents.)
The city had scheduled a public reception for the finalists Sept. 7 and, the following day, the finalists were headed into closed-door interviews with city department chiefs and a 10-person community panel appointed by the mayor. The process was scheduled to last from early morning until 6 p.m.
The city plans to take each finalist on a separate tour of Issaquah as part of the interview process.
Headhunter Greg Prothman and Frisinger cut a stack of 50 applications into a list of 27 qualified applicants, then 13 semifinalists and, finally, six candidates. The pool shrank to five in late August, after a finalist accepted a municipal job elsewhere.
The city last conducted a high-profile search in 2007 to hire a police chief. Prothman led the effort then.
Frisinger said she hopes to hire an administrator by next month. The position requires City Council approval. The next administrator stands to earn $124,500 to $158,916 — plus benefits.
The city launched the search in late spring, after City Administrator Leon Kos retired after 33 years.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.
Meet the finalists
The men vying to become the next Issaquah city administrator offer similar municipal experience and education.
- Position: Lake Forest Park city administrator
- Most recent previous position: Burien interim city manager
- Education: Bachelor of Arts in public policy, Stanford University
- Position: Thurston County manager/chief administrative officer
- Most recent previous position: Thurston County development services director
- Education: Master of Public Administration, Northern Arizona University
- Position: San Juan County administrator
- Most recent previous position: Woodinville city manager
- Education: Master of Arts in government, California State University, Sacramento
- Current positions: Wyoming, Ohio, city manager and Northern Kentucky University adjunct faculty
- Most recent previous position: Mosinee, Wis., city administrator/clerk/treasurer
- Education: Master of Public Administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Position: Yakima assistant city manager
- Most recent previous position: Bothell director of public works
- Education: Master of Public Administration, University of Washington