Mill Creek selects new city manager

MILL CREEK — The city has selected a new city manager.

Last week, the Mill Creek City Council unanimously decided to hire Ken Armstrong for the position, which pays $140,000 a year.

His first day at the job is set for Dec. 3.

“This is a great opportunity. I look forward to know more about the people and the businesses in Mill Creek,” said Armstrong, 57.

Armstrong currently works as the director of security, emergency management and safety for Seattle Public Utilities.

As Mill Creek city manager, he will be responsible for directing all city operations and projects, including developing the city budget. The position serves as chief adviser to the City Council, makes reports and recommendations to the City Council, and implements policies.

Armstrong has been working for the Seattle Public Utilities for 12 years. Before, he was in the Coast Guard where he retired as a commander in December 1999. He lives in Edmonds.

“I think he’s a pretty good match for what we are looking for,” Mayor Mike Todd said. “He seems to be a good leader for the city.”

About 150 people applied for the position. Seven finalists were then interviewed by city staff and city council.

Tom Gathmann served as an interim city manager since February for the city of 18,480 people. Gathmann will return to his position of public works director.

Armstrong is replacing Timothy Burns, who was fired by the city council early this year because it had issues with his leadership.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.

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