Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield is one of six finalists being considered to fill the vacant City Manager post at the City of Lakewood.
Caulfield and the other five finalists will be in the Pierce County city just south of Tacoma on Monday and Tuesday, June 17 and 18, for a series of candidate receptions and interview sessions. The Lakewood City Council has a special public meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening, and plans for an executive session later that same evening, but it is unknown if any final decision on hiring for the position will be made at that time.
Jeff Brewster, City of Lakewood Director of Communications, said a choice for City Manager may not come until later this summer. “The city council has said it is more important for them to get the right person for the position than it is to fill it quickly,” he stated.
Lakewood’s former City Manager Andrew Neiditz left the post in January to become Executive Director of South Sound 911, the consolidated public safety point for 911 and records management for a number of Pierce County jurisdictions. City Attorney Heidi Wachter is currently serving as the interim City Manager for Lakewood and is not one of the six finalists for the position.
Caulfield has served as City Manager for Mountlake Terrace since January 2006. Previously he had held a number of positions for the City of University Place from 1997 to 2006, and for the City of Federal Way from 1991 to 1997. He has a MBA from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University.
— By Doug Petrowski