As was expected, Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield submitted his resignation to the MLT City Council on Tuesday, announcing that he has accepted the City Manager position at the City of Lakewood, Wash. Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County with a population of nearly 60,000.
The Lakewood City Council approved Caulfield’s employment agreement at its July 1 meeting; media reports state Caulfield’s salary will be approximately $160,000 per year. He assumes the Lakewood City Manager office on Sept. 3; Caulfield’s current agreement with the City of Mountlake Terrace requires a 60-day notice when leaving the position.
Caulfield was appointed to the Mountlake Terrace City Manager post in December 2005.
“I am grateful for the opportunity and privileges I have enjoyed leading such a talented and dedicated team of city employees and for the rewarding experiences I’ve had with the Mountlake Terrace community,” Caulfield said.
Caulfield will return to Pierce County, where he served the City of University Place from 1997-2006 and the City of Federal Way from 1991-1997. Caulfield also served in the U.S. Army as a Ranger assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.
“The associations I’ve made during my employment here will be truly memorable for years to come,” Caulfield stated in his resignation letter. “It’s been a great pleasure working with you and representing the City for over seven and a half years. I am proud of the important work and accomplishments we completed during my tenure as your City Manager and have no doubt the organization and community are positioned for continued success and prosperity in the future.”
Mayor Jerry Smith stated, “John’s been a great professional to work with and we are really going to miss him. The Mountlake Terrace City Council wishes him all the best.”
No timeline was announced by the city concerning the search for a new City Manager.