Issaquah residents, leaders meet city administrator finalists

September 8, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 8, 2010

The candidates for Issaquah city administrator headed into daylong interviews Wednesday after meeting elected leaders, municipal department chiefs and community members Tuesday night.

The finalists include Lake Forest Park City Administrator David Cline, Thurston County Manager Donald Krupp, San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose, Yakima Assistant City Manager David Zabell and Robert Harrison, the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio.

“Any one of these folks have the skills, talents and abilities to do the job,” Bellevue headhunter Greg Prothman said.

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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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Oregon city also considers Issaquah city administrator finalists

September 7, 2010

Residents can meet the finalists at 5 p.m. Tibbetts Creek Manor reception

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 7, 2010

Some of the finalists in the Issaquah city administrator search also made the cut in a similar search in Oregon.

San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose and Robert Harrison, the city manager in Wyoming, Ohio, reached the final round in the ongoing Milwaukie, Ore., city manager search.

Milwaukie leaders and residents met and questioned five candidates late last week. Officials there could announce the top two candidates as early as Wednesday.

Prothman — a Bellevue search firm — is in charge of the searches in the Portland suburb and Issaquah.

The practice is common for candidates to be part of the search process in multiple cities at the same time.

Issaquah residents can meet the finalists at a public reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tibbetts Creek Manor.

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Mayor announces finalists in city administrator search

September 6, 2010

UPDATED — 1:45 p.m. Sept. 6, 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 Monday, 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.

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City invites input as mayor prepares to hire administrator

August 31, 2010

The candidates in the running to become the next Issaquah city administrator — the No. 2 position at City Hall — offer experience as managers in similar-sized cities.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and Greg Prothman, the Bellevue headhunter hired by the city, had narrowed the list to a half-dozen candidates by last week. The number had shrunk to five by Aug. 30, after a finalist accepted a job in another city.

Frisinger has so far remained tight-lipped as she searched for a successor to Leon Kos, the city administrator for 33 years. Kos retired in late April and the search for a replacement started in late spring.

The process has been kept quiet in part because the applicants do not want their current employers to know about their job searches.

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Public input wanted in city administrator search

August 10, 2010

City leaders announced details late last week about the search to hire the next Issaquah city administrator.

Prothman — the Bellevue consultant conducting the search — received 50 applicants from candidates in 11 states. The firm then narrowed the list to the 27 people qualified for the position.

The city released the information Aug. 6.

Choosing the next administrator falls to Mayor Ava Frisinger. She plans to cut the list to six or seven finalists.

The finalists will then be invited to a community meeting Sept. 7. Read more

City received 50 applications for next administrator

August 6, 2010

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Aug. 6, 2010

City leaders announced details Friday about the search to hire the next Issaquah city administrator.

Prothman — the Bellevue consultant conducting the search — received 50 applicants from candidates in 11 states. The firm then narrowed the list to the 27 people qualified for the position.

Choosing the next administrator falls to Mayor Ava Frisinger. She plans to cut the list to six or seven finalists.

The finalists will then be invited to a community meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W.

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City leaders ignore protests, honor retired administrator Leon Kos

June 29, 2010

Former City Administrator Leon Kos shunned the spotlight during the week before he retired April 30. The longest-serving city administrator in the state repeatedly insisted against a farewell party.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and the City Council ignored the protests.

The city inducted Kos into the Issaquah Hall of Fame last month, but he had departed for a trip to the Midwest after he retired, and missed the ceremony.

City leaders managed to lure Kos back to City Hall on June 21 to recognize his contributions to Issaquah and the region.

“This year’s Hall of Fame recipient’s contributions to our community can’t be summed up quickly, because they took place over the course of 33 years,” Frisinger said at the June 21 council meeting.

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City leaders ignore protests, honor retired administrator

June 28, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2010

Former City Administrator Leon Kos shunned the spotlight during the week before he retired April 30. The longest-serving city administrator in the state repeatedly insisted against a farewell party.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and the City Council ignored the protests.

The city inducted Kos into the Issaquah Hall of Fame last month, but he had departed for a trip to the Midwest after he retired, and missed the ceremony.

City leaders managed to lure Kos back to City Hall last week to recognize his contributions to Issaquah and the region.

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City signs interlocal animal control agreement

June 22, 2010

Issaquah intends to participate in the updated plan for animal care, control and licensing, though most city residents might not notice any changes.

City Council members agreed last week to join the regional plan for King County Animal Care and Control services. The agency handles responses to complaints about vicious animals, animal-cruelty investigations and pickups of stray animals.

The updated agreement calls for similar services, but puts more emphasis on pet licensing to help fund the agency.

The council approved the contract in a unanimous decision June 7. King County officials and representatives from Issaquah and 26 other cities worked for months to develop the updated plan.

County Executive Dow Constantine sent a package of proposed reforms to the King County Council to remake the troubled animal-control agency. Constantine proposed code changes to restructure license fees and smooth the way for partnerships between the county government and private organizations to care for stray animals and license pets.

Constantine also requested $3.2 million — backed by $2.5 million from licensing fees and other revenue — to implement the model.

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