Mill Creek loses city manager

MILL CREEK – Interim City Manager Tim Burns resigned this week, and the City Council is expected to turn to a familiar face to fill the opening.

Burns, who is also the city’s public works director, resigned to accept a job closer to his home in Oak Harbor. His last day on the job is set for Aug. 17, Mill Creek Mayor Donna Michelson said.

Burns was appointed to the post after former City Manager Steve Nolen resigned in June.

The council is expected to appoint Mike Caldwell of Arizona to replace Burns. Caldwell served as Mill Creek’s interim city manager just before the city hired Nolen.

“They’ve got a good council there, and Mill Creek when I was there last time was really good to me,” Caldwell said.

The city’s top position was left open in June after Nolen resigned. The City Council asked for his resignation because of a difference in managerial styles, city officials said.

Caldwell’s first day is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Caldwell has also worked as city administrator in Lynnwood, general manager of the Olympus Terrace Sewer District and interim city manager in Bothell.

“I’m retired, and when I take this job, it will be about the ninth time I’ve flunked retirement,” he said.

Reporter Scott Pesznecker: 425-339-3436 or spesznecker@heraldnet.com.

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