City clerk steps down, takes job in Lynnwood

October 9, 2011

By Christina Lords

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For Bob Baker, working within the community of Newcastle has presented some of his greatest opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The city clerk announced Sept. 9 that he will step down from the position after working for the city for nearly six years, citing new opportunities to work closer to home and more time to pursue other interests.

His last day working for the city was Sept. 23. He’ll take up the deputy city clerk position and provide executive support to the director of finance and city clerk at the city of Lynnwood this month.

In an email to city staff and the City Council, he said his departure is bittersweet, stating while it isn’t easy to resolve every issue, “each of us has an opportunity to make a difference when we maintain an open mind, put aside personal differences and realize each of us wants what’s best for ourselves, our constituents and the community as a whole.”

City Manager Rob Wyman said in the years he’s gotten to know him, Baker became a confidant and friend while doing an exemplary job of maintaining essential services to the operation of the city.

Wyman said the city will revamp the job description for the clerk position, which hasn’t been updated in about 10 years, before posting the vacancy in October.

The position is expected to be open for about a month during the application and interview process before a new clerk is selected.

“After nearly six years of service to customers — internal and external — in this great community, I am proud to say we set goals, met goals, and together, accomplished some outstanding results,” Baker said.

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