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City Manager Candidates Meet & Greet Reception 09/07/2017

You are invited to meet and greet the finalists for Carnation's City Manager position in an informal social setting. Please join us:

Date:  Thursday, September 7, 2017

Time:  Between 7:00 and 8:30 PM

Location:  Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Avenue

Light refreshments will be served.

The City Councilmembers very much want your feedback about the candidates in making their decision.

Below are short summaries of the four candidates:

Amy Arrington: Ms. Arrington was most recently the City Manager of Davenport, FL (population 4,200) for ten years. Previously she has served for four years as the Assistant to the City Manager and two years as the Assistant City Manager in Haines City, FL (population 16,000). Ms. Arrington recognizes that each individual is different and uses a variety of management techniques including coaching, collaborative feedback and servant leadership. Her preferred style, however, is servant leadership. She finds that it is important to build an environment that is creative, productive and kind so that employees are comfortable and strive to be their best. Her most significant success was the assembly of an extremely professional team in the City of Davenport. Recruiting exceptional talent can be challenging in a small community. She worked with the City Commission to create a positive and innovative work environment. That made it possible to attract highly qualified professionals, some who took a reduction in pay or left a larger city to be part of the team. Ms. Arrington has a Bachelor in Public Administration from Auburn University and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Travis Cooke: Mr. Cooke was the Village Administrator, Zoning Administrator, and Finance Director for the Village of Trempealeau, WI (population 1,679) for nine years. Previously he was the City Manager / Clerk for the City of Stratford, IA (population 686) for two years. His management style can best be described as democratic. He trusts those who are closest to the work to know how best to do their jobs. He finds that micromanagement is ineffective and especially unhealthy in small organizations. The accomplishment he is proudest of is improving the city’s Central Park. Like most small communities, funding park improvements was difficult due to limited general fund resources. He found supplemental funding by making requests to local businesses and the Lyons Club. A local concrete construction business was able to get the concrete donated and volunteered to pour curbing around the new play structure and swing set at no cost to the Village. The Village Board, employees, and community came together to help with the project on a Saturday. It was a community effort that made the Village a better place. He has a Bachelor in Biology and History and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Robert Grumbach: Mr. Grumbach has been the Development Services Director for Medina, WA (population 3,000) since 2008. During that time, he served as the Acting City Manager. Previously he was the Principal Planner for Snohomish County, WA (population 685,296) for one year, the Senior Planner for Edgewood, WA (population 9,673) for two years, a planner for Bremerton, WA (population 34,181) for two years, and an Associate Planner for Spokane County, WA (population 430,867) for one year. He has a collaborative management style and prefers working as a team. He encourages open and honest communication and appreciates directness. The adoption of Medina’s Shoreline Master Program in 2014 was a significant undertaking that took three years and required navigation between property rights advocates and state requirements. Mr. Grumbach has a Bachelor in International Public Administration and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. He also has a Master of Public Administration from the Seattle University.

Tim Woolett: Mr. Woolett has been the City Planner for Carnation, WA (population 2,030) since 2015. Previously he was the Assistant Planner for Jefferson County, WA (population 30,466) for one year. Before that he was a Project Manager for Green Crow Properties for six years and a Senior Planner for Clallam County, WA (population 67,446) for eight years. His management style team focused. He believes in being highly involved while allowing individuals to carry out the functions of their job without interference. He is proud of being consistently on schedule and at or under budget as a project manager for a real estate development company. His most satisfying achievement was going into Clallam County as a planning consultant hired to improve the function of their Department of Community Development. Mr. Woolett has an Associate and an Associate of Applied Science from Peninsula College, and a Bachelor in Geography from Western Washington University.