MLT City Manager candidates now down to three, and you can meet them Friday

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The search for candidates to fill the top administrative post at Mountlake Terrace City Hall is down to three finalists, and the public is being invited to meet them at an open house this Friday, Jan. 24.

The three finalists for the City Manager job — all working in Washington state — are Arlene Fisher, currently the City Administrator for the City of Cheney; Subir Mukerjee, City Administrator for the City of Milton; and Phil Messina, who most recently served as City Manager for the City of Ridgefield.

All three will be available to meet the public on Friday at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, formerly known as the Mickey Corso Community Clubhouse at Ballinger Park, 23000 Lakeview Dr. The event is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m.

Following the open house, the finalists will participate in individual interviews with members of the Mountlake Terrace City Council on Saturday, Jan. 25. The final selection may be made as early as that day, city officials said.

Fisher has served as Cheney’s City Administrator since January 2008. Cheney, located 17 miles west of Spokane, has a population of 11,070 and an annual city budget of approximately $20 million.

Mukerjee has been Milton’s City Administrator since 2010. Milton, located eight miles east of Tacoma, has a population of 6,575 and an annual city budget of approximately $25 million.

Both Fisher and Mukerjee were recent finalists for the City Manager position for the City of Shoreline. Last month, that post went to Debbie Terry, who had been serving as the Shoreline Assistant City Manager since 2011.

Messina served as City Manager for the City of Ridgefield for about one year before he abruptly resigned for personal reasons in November. Ridgefield, located 15 miles north of Vancouver, Wash., has a population of 5,260 and an annual city budget of approximately $10.4 million.

Prior to his year at Ridgefield, Messina served for 10 years as City Administrator for the City of Central Point, Ore., a community of 17,411 about four miles north of Medford.

— By Doug Petrowski

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