Council keeps human services coordinator

April 13, 2010

City Human Services Coordinator Steve Gierke will remain on the job, the City Council decided last week.

The council authorized $23,250 to fund the position, as well as a recording secretary to attend city Human Services Commission meetings, through December. Gierke, as a consultant contracted by the city rather than a full-time employee, does not receive city benefits.

Gierke oversees a broad human services portfolio — the council funds 31 agencies and 37 programs — and serves as the liaison to the Human Services Commission.

Officials ordered a study last fall to determine if the city needed a human services coordinator, or if other city employees could pick up the tasks. The council agreed to spend $10,000 to fund the position through early 2010.

The study determined the tasks assigned to Gierke could not be reassigned to other staffers. Officials cut the municipal workforce by 10 percent last year though layoffs, a hiring freeze and a severance program.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and council members will decide whether to fund the human services position for 2011 when the budget process starts in October.

City Council to decide funding for human services coordinator

March 30, 2010

City Council members will decide next week whether Issaquah should continue to keep a human services guru on the city payroll. Read more

Apply to serve city as a board member or commissioner

January 12, 2010

Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city. Read more

Apply to serve city as a board member or commissioner

January 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 9, 2010

Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city.

City leaders seek members for 12 city boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Officials need regular and alternate members. Alternate members serve in the absence of regular members.

Pick up application forms at the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Find the form here.

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Council will vote on dollars to feed hungry, shelter homeless

December 1, 2009

Many human services agencies are in line to receive the same amount of city grant dollars next year as the organizations received in 2009. Read more

City Council confirms, lauds board appointees

May 12, 2009

City Council members confirmed Mayor Ava Frisinger’s appointees to municipal boards and commissions last week. All told, 41 appointees will fill seats on 11 boards and commissions. Read more

Officials evaluate economic development effort

March 30, 2009

A decision to exempt certain developments from a city fee marked an important step toward making Issaquah more attractive to businesses, according to a report presented to the City Council last week.

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City has 33 board, commission positions that need to be filled

January 5, 2009

City officials are looking to fill several positions on its boards and commissions.

“Through its boards and commissions, the city relies on its citizens’ passions, talent and experience to help positively shape this community,” Autumn Monahan, the city’s communications director, wrote in an e-mail. “Becoming a member is a great way to get involved in your local government while working on something that interests you.”

City officials need 33 volunteers to fill the positions on 12 commissions and boards. Read more

City Council committee moves to restore AtWork! grant

November 19, 2008

With one exception, grant funding recommendations by the Human Services Commission were endorsed Nov. 12 by the City Council’s Services and Operations Committee.

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Nonprofits make pitch for funding

October 22, 2008

Much of the credit for Issaquah’s high quality of life must go to the volunteer and nonprofit groups who work all year toward that goal. But they can’t do it without a little help from the city.

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