Meet finalists for top Stanwood job

STANWOOD — It’s been two years since the city had a full time, permanent city administrator.

Five people are finalists for the job: Gene Green, David Kelly, Deborah Knight, Scott Somers and Stephen Taylor.

A candidate reception is scheduled for Monday in the board room at the Stanwood-Camano School District administration building, 26920 Pioneer Highway. The public is encouraged to attend the reception, which begins at 7 p.m.

The candidates plan to participate in the final interview process on Tuesday.

•Green most recently worked as the public works director for the city of West Linn, Ore. He was the city manager for Molalla, Ore., and assistant city manager for Unalaska, Alaska. Green earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational administration from Alaska Pacific University and a master’s degree in human resources education from Boston University.

•Kelly has served San Juan County as deputy director of administration since 2010. He also has worked as administrative services director and human resources director for the city of Chehalis and as assistant to the Moffat County, Colo., commissioners. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado.

•Knight has been the city administrator of Sultan since 2006. She previously worked for the city of Woodinville, where she became the assistant to the city manager. Knight earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree in business administration City University, Bellevue.

•Somers has been the city manager of Reedsport, Ore., since 2009. He previously worked as assistant city administrator for Savage, Minn., and as assistant to the city manager in White Bear Lake, Minn. Somers earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Arizona.

•Taylor is the city administrator of Connell. He previously worked as vice president of corporate development for HuntMountain Resources, a precious metals exploration company based in Liberty Lake and as the government affairs director for the Spokane Home Builders Association. Taylor also served as a city councilman in Spokane Valley. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance and economics, and his master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Washington University.

Former longtime Marysville city administrator Mary Swenson served Stanwood as the temporary city administrator after being hired in September.

In April 2010, Stanwood Mayor Dianne White fired an administrator, explaining that the city needed a different style of management. Lagging tax revenues, however, didn’t allow Stanwood officials to hire another city administrator, so the part-time mayor stepped in.

Before Swenson was brought onboard, White reported to City Hall most mornings to help city staff before she went off to her day job as a pharmacist. White returned to her desk at the city during her lunch hour and then was back after her pharmacy shift ended in the afternoon.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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