Mountlake Terrace council taps Shelton admin as city manager

The city council selected Jeff Niten as its city manager finalist out of a pool of five candidates Saturday.

Jeff Niten

Jeff Niten

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The Mountlake Terrace City Council unanimously selected a city manager Saturday.

After a nearly full day of closed-door executive session interviews with five finalists Saturday, the council nominated Shelton City Manager Jeff Niten. They will negotiate a contract and, if approved, officially hire Niten who has been city manager of Shelton since January 2019.

“We had a great set of candidates,” council member Bryan Wahl said in a news release.

Shelton, the county seat of Mason County, has a population of more than 10,700. Its approved 2023 general fund budget which pays for most city services was over $14 million.

Mountlake Terrace’s population is nearly twice as large at more than 21,000 residents, according to U.S. Census data. Its general fund budget topped $43 million.

Both cities have council-manager governments in which an elected council hires a city manager as the city’s top executive and to oversee implementation of laws and policies.

Niten’s career prior to being Shelton’s city manager was in community development and planning in Ridgefield and Clark County.

Mountlake Terrace daily operations have been overseen by interim City Manager Andrew Neiditz since November. His original 120-day contract was extended through March by the council in February.

Ben Watanabe: 425-339-3037;; Twitter: @benwatanabe.

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