Letter to the editor

April 30, 2015

Dear Newcastle voters,

Thank you. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent you for two terms on the Newcastle City Council. I will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming election.

I first ran for office because the city budget was out of control, and a majority on the council had lost touch with the people they represented. In the past eight years, we have made the necessary changes to the budget in a way that allows us to live within our means. We also have a city manager and staff that make customer service a priority and recognize everyone at City Hall is there to serve the community.

New perspectives and varied experiences on a council can make government better. I hope an open seat will encourage more people to run for office. My public service will continue as a trustee at Harborview Medical Center and on the UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center board. Read more

Council names interim manager Rob Wyman as new city manager

August 31, 2010

BREAKING NEWS  — 8:12 p.m. Aug. 31, 2010

The City Council hired interim City Manager Rob Wyman as its permanent city manager Aug. 31 by a 6-1 vote with Councilman Sonny Putter dissenting. The decision came after a one-hour executive session discussing the final four candidates for the position with recruiter Greg Prothman.

Wyman’s salary will be $110,000 per year with benefits, and he will not be entitled to severance pay if he is fired from the job. However, he would be entitled to four months severance pay if he relocates to Newcastle, as he lives in Seattle. He also will not receive compensation for his commute, as former City Manager John Starbard had.

Wyman’s final contract will be approved at a council meeting in September.
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Council not finished deliberating in city manager search

August 16, 2010

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 2010

The City Council has not reached a decision as to whom it will hire as its next city manager.

Interviews took place this morning at The Golf Club at Newcastle, and the Council cancelled its public meeting scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today, which it could have used to announce its decision.

An executive session is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 to continue deliberation. All four final candidates are still being considered, and recruiter Greg Prothman said he is not concerned that candidates may drop out of contention during the next two weeks.

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Council could select city manager Monday

August 12, 2010

NEW — 6:40 p.m. Aug. 12, 2010

The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, will host a public reception with its final four city manager candidates from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Wooly Toad Bar.

The City Council and an 11-member citizen panel will interview the four candidates privately Monday morning at The Golf Club, and the City Council will hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. in the Muirfield Room, at which time it may select the new city manager.

The City Council and the citizen panel will interview the candidates for an hour each in separate rooms, and Payroll & Accounting Specialist Maria Lindberg will give each a tour of the city and introduce him to the city staff.

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Final four city manager candidates announced; interim City Manager Rob Wyman is among them

August 6, 2010

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Aug. 6, 2010

Mayor John Dulcich announced the names of the city’s final four city manager candidates this morning. The final candidates are interim City Manager Rob Wyman; former Lakeport, Calif., City Manager Garold (Jerry) Gillham; former Gig Harbor City Administrator Mark Hoppen; and former Sheridan, Ore., City Manager Michael Sauerwein.

A public reception is tentatively scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at a location to be determined. Final interviews are scheduled to take place Aug. 16 with a decision soon after.

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