I have been working as Mayor for 4 months now. As we know, I let the past City Administrator go right away as I had a different direction where I felt the city should go. Dave Rodenbach has been acting as the Interim City Administrator and has been helpful, but his main job has still been Finance Director. Dave and I have been working closely on this role together to help guide the city. This has enabled me to learn how the city is functioning first hand. However, it has also been a tremendous amount of work with many 12 -14 hour work days. I feel we have made a lot of progress in helping the city move forward from its previous administration. We have made great changes and advancements and accomplished a lot. But, there is still a lot of work to do.
We have the recruitment company in the process of searching for a permanent City Administrator, but this will take 4-6 months before that person will be hired and take office.
Shawna Wise, my Assistant City Clerk also will be leaving on the 20th of this month for a new chapter in her life, which will add more work to my plate. I appreciate all that Shawna has done and she will be greatly missed.
Therefore, I feel we need to hire an Interim City Administrator to be fully engaged to only that role. This will help with the workload for the 4 to 6 months until the permanent person will be hired. This will free Dave Rodenbach to go back to his role as Finance Director.
I have found an excellent Interim City Administrator and have been discussing his qualifications with each councilmember privately to assist me in this decision. Tony Piasecki is one of the best in the South Sound. He is a proven leader that possesses the expertise we need to help guide us through this transition period. Mr. Piasecki has over 30 years of public service experience and over 15 years of experience as a City Manager with the City of Des Moines and Burien, WA. I have gathered a lot of knowledge in assessing the way our city is run and have compiled a long list of projects we need to complete. He will help me address the needs of staff and council and help complete projects to the benefit of our citizens. In fact, we have saved over $70,000 by not filling this position to date.
On April 9th the council voted in favor of Mr. Piasecki’s contract and his will start April 16th. We all look forward to his expertise in helping to shape our city and work for the mission and vision that we have put forth.