Mayor hires Prosser official as deputy city administrator

April 24, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Charlie Bush

The city administrator for Prosser, a wine country destination in Eastern Washington, is the next No. 3 official at Issaquah City Hall

Charlie Bush, 37, is due to start as the deputy city administrator June 1, as officials reorganize departments and attempt to streamline city operations. Plans call for the deputy city administrator to oversee development and planning functions.

“I’m really looking forward to coming in and hitting the ground running, and working with everybody,” he said April 23. “I see this as a tremendously exciting professional opportunity. I really am interested in the opportunities that Issaquah presents at this stage in its history.”

Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the appointment April 18.

Bush joined Prosser City Hall as city administrator in 2008, after a long municipal government career in Washington and Arizona.

In 2011, Prosser earned the Municipal Excellence Award for Community Service — a top honor from the Association of Washington Cities — and earned a spot on the 100 Best Communities for Young People from the America’s Promise Alliance, a national partnership dedicated to improving children’s lives.

Bush also led the completion of several capital projects in Prosser, a Benton County city of about 5,700 people. The aging Prosser Aquatic Center and municipal sewer system received major overhauls.

The outgoing Prosser city administrator also serves as president of the Washington City/County Management Association.

Before accepting the position in Prosser, Bush served as assistant to the city manager and intergovernmental management analyst in Bellevue.

The experience in a neighboring city led to a deeper understanding of regional agreements and organizations, he said.

Before the stint on the Eastside, Bush held positions in the Phoenix and Glendale, Ariz., municipal governments.

In Issaquah, Bush is expected to earn between $124,584 to $158,998 per year, plus benefits.

Bush is the most high-profile hire at City Hall since Frisinger tapped City Administrator Bob Harrison — a former Wyoming, Ohio, city manager — for the No. 2 spot in municipal government in September 2010.

The previous deputy city administrator, Joe Meneghini, retired in August 2011 after more than a decade of service.

Bush bested candidates from cities in Washington and the West for the post. Frisinger and Harrison, municipal department chiefs and a panel of community leaders, interviewed the candidates.

“We are excited to welcome Charlie to our team here at City Hall,” Frisinger said in a statement. “His depth of experience, proven leadership and excellent communication skills will be a wonderful asset to Issaquah.”

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