After a marathon day of interviewing finalists for the position, the Mountlake Terrace City Council voted 7-0 to make Arlene Fisher their “preferred candidate” for the vacant City Manager post in Mountlake Terrace. The council also authorized the city officials to begin contract negotiations with Fisher, who current serves as the City Administrator of the City of Cheney.
Colin Baenziger, the executive recruitment consultant hired by the City of Mountlake Terrace to facilitate the search process for its new City Manager, said he would be “very surprised” if Fisher didn’t accept the offer to take the top administrative position in Mountlake Terrace.
City council members began individual interviews with the three finalists for the City Manager position Saturday morning at 9 a.m. They finally convened in open public session at 5:45 p.m. in order to make official their selection of Fisher for the post.
City Council member Seaun Richards commented on the energy and enthusiasm that Fisher would bring to Mountlake Terrace City Hall. Council member Bryan Wahl added he felt that the selection of Fisher assured that the City’s policies of fiscal responsibility would likely continue. Many of the council members expressed thanks to all the candidates that applied for the post, and that the selection of Fisher proved difficult among many qualified applicants.
The process of finalizing a contract between the Fisher and the City of Mountlake Terrace could take weeks; the stipulations that Fisher has in her current contract concerning ending her employment with the City of Cheney are unknown, but could state she needs to give the City 60 days or more of advanced noticed when resigning.
— By Doug Petrowski