Mill Creek Announces New City Manager

At the November 12, 2012 Special Meeting of the Council, Ken Armstrong was appointed as the City of Mill Creek’s new City Manager.  Ken will begin work on December 3, 2012.

 Ken Armstrong is currently Director of Security, Emergency Management and Safety for Seattle Public Utilities.  His previous positions with the City of Seattle include Administrator of the regional Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County and Director of Solid Waste at Seattle Public Utilities.  As the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s first Administrator, Ken guided the program through a comprehensive internal performance review and strategic planning process, which led to measurably increased efficiencies and improved service delivery.  Under Ken’s leadership, Seattle’s Solid Waste Division improved the quality of its services while reducing its operating costs.

Ken, a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, served 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard.  His Coast Guard career included two command assignments – Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station South Caicos, BWI, and Commanding Officer Coast Guard Cutter Baranof.  Mid-way through his Coast Guard career, Ken attended the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Public Affairs, where he also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Quantitative Analysis.  Subsequent assignments included serving as Administrative Services Director for the Coast Guard’s 13th (Pacific Northwest) District.  Ken’s responsibilities included implementing the region’s annual $20M operating budget, monitoring annual budget performance and overseeing the region’s human resources functions.  Ken also served as the regional Coast Guard Congressional Affairs/Government Relations Officer, establishing strong relationships with local, state and congressional offices.  In this capacity, Ken played an important role in resolving numerous highly complex and sensitive incidents such as the grounding of the motor vessel New Carissa on the south Oregon coast and its subsequent oil spill; resumption of whaling by the Makah tribe; and tanker and merchant vessel safety in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Earlier in his career, Ken was selected as the sole Coast Guard representative on two U.S. State Department delegations – one to the People’s Republic of China and one to Japan. Do tell.

Ken and his wife Susan reside in Edmonds, Washington. 

The City welcomes Ken and wishes him success in his new position. And a big Welcome and Best Wishes from Do Tell Mill Creek, as well!

Veteran’s Day

Don’t forget! On Sunday — November 11, 2012 at 12:00 Noon, The City of Mill Creek will sponsor a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans Monument located in Library Park at 15429 Bothell Everett Highway Mill Creek, WA 98012

The Veterans Monument is located in Library Park adjacent to the Mill Creek Library and across Bothell Everett Highway from Mill Creek Town Center.  Parking is available in the Library parking lot. Do tell.

In addition, The Mill Creek Veterans Monument still has space available for engraving.  Visit the City’s website for an application




Important MC Council Meeting on 13th To Begin Early

With a lot of important items on the agenda, The Mill Creek City Council Meeting of Tuesday, November 13, 2012 will begin at 5:00 p.m.  The Council is starting the meeting early for the purpose of holding a public hearing to set the property tax levies for 2013, consider an amendment to the fire contract & conduct interviews with the Council candidates. The Council may take action on any of these agenda items. Do tell.

Mill Creek City Council Chambers at 15728 Main Street, Mill Creek, Washington 98012

This meeting is open to the public as prescribed by law.

We are trying to make our public meetings accessible to all members of the public. If you require special accommodations, please call the City Clerk at (425) 921-5732 three days prior to the meeting.

Kelly M. Chelin,  Executive Assistant/City Clerk   425-745-1891

MC Council to Hold Special Meeting for Executive Session

On Monday November 12, 2012, The Mill Creek City Council will hold a special meeting for the purposes of holding an executive session regarding qualifications of applicants for public employment per RCW 42.30.110(1)(g). At the end of the meeting, the Council may hold a study session, and could potentially take action, on the selection of a new City Manager.

  • DATE:     Monday, November 12, 2012
  • TIME:     5:00 p.m.
  • PLACE:  15728 Main Street, Mill Creek, Washington 98012

 Note:   The  executive session is not open to the public.  However, the study session and action items are open to the public as prescribed by law.

Kelly M. Chelin,  City Clerk  425-745-1891

Coins For Kids Collected @ Mill Creek Merchants

Clothes For Kids Expands Their Coins For Kids Program to Mill Creek

For more than a decade, Clothes for Kids has partnered with schools in the Edmonds School District for its Coins For Kids program. In the last 6 years alone, these Coins For Kids drives have raised more than $175,000 in support of the Clothes For Kids mission to provide back to school wardrobes to eligible Snohomish County school children. This year, Clothes for Kids is excited to extend this very successful program to merchant associations around Snohomish County. Do tell.

The first business community to partner with Clothes For Kids is Mill Creek, led by Kaitlyn Durham from Celsius Salon. Durham says, “The beauty of this drive is its simplicity. Instead of putting your change in your pocket or wallet – add it to the other coins & help Clothes For Kids fulfill their mission.”

The need has never been greater. In the first 43 three days of back to school shopping this year, Clothes For Kids provided school wardrobes to 2,338 children from all over the county for a total of 47,000 pieces of clothing. This represents a 20% increase over the same time period in 2011. With the support of the community, Clothes For Kids can continue to meet the growing demands for our resources.

Look for the Coins For Kids canisters at the following Mill Creek merchants throughout the month of November:

  • Run 26
  • Bella Cleaners
  • Celsius Salon
  • Z Ultimate Defense Studios
  • Reigning Imagination Toys

Since 1984, Clothes for Kids has enhanced the learning environment by meeting the clothing needs of low-income children in Snohomish County. These services are provided to children in the community so they may arrive at school, ready to learn.

If your community is ready to take part in the Coins For Kids drives, please contact the office at 425-741-6500.

For more information please visit  to discover other ways you can become involved in transforming the lives of Snohomish County school children.

Information & photo courtesy of Clothes For Kids


Mill Creek Council Meets Early Tonight

The Mill Creek City Council Meeting of tonight- Tuesday, November 6, 2012 will begin at 5:00 p.m. Do tell.

The Council is starting the meeting early for the purpose of:

  • Reading a proclamation that congratulates employee award winners
  • Authorization to enter into a contract to exchange firearms
  • Review of the budget for capital improvement & minor funds
  • Discuss the council candidate interviews
  • Appoint members to the Arts & Beautification Board.

The Council may take action on any of these agenda items

This meeting is open to the public as prescribed by law.

Kelly M. Chelin

Executive Assistant/City Clerk