New Mill Creek city manager is from Georgia, via Alaska

MILL CREEK — The City Council selected a new city manager Tuesday evening.

Rebecca Polizzotto of Douglas, Alaska, near Juneau, has been working as an assistant state attorney general. Polizzotto previously worked her way up to city manager from police officer in Conyers, Georgia, near Atlanta.

During Polizzotto’s tenure in Georgia, she served in various positions and made arrangements for equestrian activities for the 1996 Olympic Games. Polizzotto has a master’s degree in public administration and a law degree from Georgia State University.

She was unanimously chosen for the job of running Mill Creek city hall over George Korthauer of Petoskey, Michigan, a longtime city manager there; Richard Leahy of Snohomish, who is Woodinville’s city manager; and Scott Somers of Hillsboro, Oregon, the Clatsop County manager.

The council plans to offer Polizzotto a $150,000-a-year salary plus $300 a month for car allowance and $10,000 for relocation.

“It’s an amazing new era for Mill Creek,” Mayor Pam Pruitt said.

The candidates went through a rigorous, two-day selection process that included interviews with city department staffs, the seven council members individually, the council as a whole and the public.

City Manager Ken Armstrong resigned Jan. 2. The council on Nov. 25 unanimously passed a resolution stating its intent to terminate him from his $144,200-a-year job and passed another measure that put him on paid leave.

Council members have not stated a reason for letting Armstrong go. Since Mill Creek was incorporated in 1983, the elected body has forced half of the city managers to resign.

This time, the city spent $23,000 to hire the Florida recruiting firm Colin Baenziger &Associates to find a new city manager. The firm selected 62 candidates from across the country and helped the council narrow the list to a handful of finalists.

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