Issaquah Highlands Community Association hires director

January 3, 2012

By Staff

Sarah Phillips

The community association for the Issaquah Highlands hired the former city manager of a Chicago suburb as the organization’s next executive director, officials announced Dec. 21.

Sarah Phillips served as city managers in Rolling Meadows, Ill., and Johnstown, Ohio, before assuming the Issaquah Highlands Community Association role. Association President Brian Daniels said she is due to start as executive director Jan. 23.

“I look forward to working with the board and staff as we continue to provide and enhance our services for this growing community,” Phillips said.

Phillips succeeds Vicki Stier, a longtime executive at highlands developer Port Blakely Communities and the current executive director. Stier — a force in a 15-year effort to foster community in the neighborhood — plans to retire to South Carolina in 2012.

The association’s search committee spent months to find a candidate.

“From the pool of candidates we received, Sarah was the best fit to ensure we continue to maintain Issaquah Highlands among the best communities in the country and one of the most desirable places to live in the Puget Sound region,” Daniels said in a message to residents.

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