Issaquah food bank hires new executive director

January 25, 2011

Board selects former Bellingham parks employee for role

Cori Kauk, the new executive director at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, takes a moment for a smile on her first day of work Jan. 18 at the downtown facility. By Greg Farrar

Cori Kauk arrived to handshakes, hugs and flowers to start in the top job at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank last week.

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Issaquah tragedies, triumphs define a tumultuous year

December 28, 2010

Traffic lines up on state Route 900 at Northwest Talus Drive in February. State Department of Transportation crews completed the long-running project in 2010. By Greg Farrar

The economy lurched from the recession, population growth all but stalled and Issaquah — after cutbacks and setbacks in 2009 — defied the odds to reach major milestones throughout 2010.

Momentum returned in 2010 after a year spent in a holding pattern. Set against the backdrop of a fragile recovery, leaders cut the ribbon on businesses and roads, laid the foundation for preservation and construction, and marked tragedies and successes. Read more

Consultant hired to lead food bank director search

October 26, 2010

Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank leaders have decided to search the Pacific Northwest for the next leader of the food pantry.

The nonprofit organization has hired the recruiter behind the successful search for a city administrator to conduct the effort. Headhunter Greg Prothman has plans to recruit candidates throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The job opening is also posted online, so the search could attract candidates from beyond the region.

The position requires “someone who is really good with board members, who is really good at understanding the numbers and seeing the picture as well having the passion for helping folks,” he said. “Those are really the key characteristics that came forward.”

The food bank has not had a manager since longtime Executive Director Cherie Meier departed at the end of August — less than a year after a Seattle consultant offered a long list of recommendations meant to improve service.

The report suggested that the executive director role be redefined to focus less on food donations and more on fundraising and community outreach.

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Council approves contract for next city administrator

September 28, 2010

Bob Harrison

City Council members praised Mayor Ava Frisinger’s choice for city administrator and approved the Wyoming, Ohio, city manager for the post last week.

The unanimous council decision Sept. 20 marked the final step to hire Bob Harrison, 42, as Issaquah city administrator, the No. 2 official at City Hall.

Harrison is due to start Oct. 11. He stands to earn a $150,000 base salary, plus benefits. The city also offered him $15,000 if he relocates to the Issaquah School District.

The council signed off on the contract after about three minutes of discussion and a three-month search to hire a replacement for former City Administrator Leon Kos, who retired in April.

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Council approves contract for next city administrator

September 22, 2010

UPDATED — 3:20 p.m. Sept. 22, 2010

City Council members praised Mayor Ava Frisinger’s choice for city administrator and approved the Wyoming, Ohio, city manager for the post Monday night.

The unanimous council decision marked the final step to hire Bob Harrison, 42, as Issaquah city administrator, the No. 2 official at City Hall.

Harrison is due to start Oct. 11. The next administrator stands to earn a $150,000 base salary, plus benefits. The city also offered the administrator $15,000 if he relocates to the Issaquah School District.

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Mayor hires Ohio official as Issaquah city administrator

September 21, 2010

Robert Harrison

The next Issaquah city administrator is a plainspoken Midwesterner and longtime city manager of a Cincinnati suburb.

Robert “Bob” Harrison — the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio, for the past 12 years — has accepted the No. 2 position at Issaquah City Hall and is due to start Oct. 11.

Harrison, 42, emerged as the leading candidate last week during closed-door interviews with community leaders and city department chiefs. Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the appointment Sept. 16.

The mayor offered Harrison the job Sept. 8, the same day as the interviews. Frisinger hailed the hiring as the “perfect match” for the community.

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Ohio lawsuit did not impact decision to hire city administrator

September 21, 2010

Robert “Bob” Harrison, the choice for Issaquah city administrator, is part of a lawsuit filed by former city employees in Ohio. The suit did not dissuade Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger from selecting Harrison, and Frisinger said she had been made aware of the lawsuit during the monthslong search.

“We asked people if there was anything that we needed to be aware of, specifically anything that involved terminations, although predominantly of the employees themselves,” Frisinger said. Read more

Ohio lawsuit did not impact decision to hire Issaquah city administrator

September 20, 2010

UPDATED — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 2010

Robert “Bob” Harrison, the choice for Issaquah city administrator, is part of a lawsuit filed by former city employees in Ohio. The suit did not dissuade Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger from selecting Harrison, and Frisinger said she had been made aware of the lawsuit during the monthslong search.

“We asked people if there was anything that we needed to be aware of, specifically anything that involved terminations, although predominantly of the employees themselves,” Frisinger said.

Harrison has served as the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio, for the past 12 years.

The decision to hire Harrison reaches the Issaquah City Council at 7:30 p.m.

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Mayor hires Ohio official as Issaquah city administrator

September 16, 2010

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Sept. 16, 2010

Robert Harrison

The next Issaquah city administrator is a plainspoken Midwesterner and the longtime city manager of a Cincinnati suburb.

Robert “Bob” Harrison — the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio, for the last 12 years — has accepted the No. 2 position at Issaquah City Hall.

Harrison, 42, emerged as a leading candidate last week during closed-door interviews with community leaders and city department chiefs. Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the appointment Thursday morning, and the appointment heads to the City Council for confirmation Monday.

Harrison is due to start in Issaquah on Oct. 11.

“I am thrilled to appoint Bob as our next administrator,” Frisinger said in a statement. “His dedication to environmental excellence, fiscal stewardship and community involvement — demonstrated by his impressive career in city administration — are a great match for our community.”

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City unveils finalists in administrator search

September 7, 2010

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.

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