City adds Economic Vitality Commission, but could shrink other boards

May 1, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

City leaders appointed a group of civic-minded citizens to boards and commissions April 16, although the number of positions could shrink in the months ahead.

In a unanimous decision, City Council members appointed applicants to openings on 12 boards and commissions. The groups advise the council on issues related to the arts, cable TV, development, parks and, in more specialized realms, city cemetery operations and sister-city relationships.

The decision included the inaugural appointees to the municipal Economic Vitality Commission, a key piece in a renewed focus on attracting and retaining businesses.

The dozen members include Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matthew Bott, Rowley Properties executive Kristi Tripple, Bellevue College Trustee Vicki Orrico and former Council President John Traeger, plus representatives from Costco and Swedish/Issaquah — large employers in the city.

The process to appoint board and commission members started in February, as leaders put out a call for applicants. Before the selection, applicants were interviewed. Then, Mayor Ava Frisinger recommended appointees to council members for confirmation.

Terms for appointees start May 1, but some positions could disappear before the terms expire between 2013 and 2016.

In a study released last year, Seattle consultant Moss Adams called for city leaders to slim down municipal boards and commissions to relieve employees’ workload and consolidate some functions.

The future includes a transition plan for 2013, as officials pare down the total. Frisinger said officials informed the appointees about the potential for a reduction in positions.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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