Category Archives: Public Meetings

City Manager Candidates Announced & Opportunity to Meet the Candidates


At the April 7, 2015 meeting, the Council selected the final candidates for the Mill Creek City Manager position. There are a total of 5 finalists. The following are the names of each of the final candidates & a short bio for each.

City Manager CandidatesGeorge Korthauer Mr. Korthauer served as City Manager in Petoskey, Michigan, for 25 years, until retiring in 2009. A four-season resort community along the shores of Lake Michigan in the northern portion of the state’s Lower Peninsula, Petoskey serves as the region’s governmental, commercial, medical, educational, recreational, and arts and cultural center. It has a year-round population of 6,000, and the area is the summer home to many of the Midwest’s rich and famous. Petoskey has been listed in publications that include The Best Small Towns in America, The Great Small Towns of America, and America’s Best Places to Retire. Smithsonian magazine named Petoskey on its list of “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013.” Since leaving Petoskey, Mr. Korthauer has served as CEO of Allied EMS Systems, a not-for-profit entity that has provided emergency-medical services through contracts with governmental units located in five counties. He also recently concluded a 12-month engagement as part-time Interim City Manager at Cheboygan, Michigan, a Lake Huron shoreline community of 5,000. Mr. Korthauer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Western Illinois University and holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

City Manager Candidates2Richard Leahy Mr. Leahy has 33 years of city management experience and is currently the City Manager of Woodinville, Washington. He previously served as City Administrator of Mukilteo, Washington for 12 years; and as a Deputy and Assistant City Manager of Paramount, California in Los Angeles County. He is proudest of his work in Woodinville with respect to the development and implementation of mixed-use regulations for the City’s Downtown. Stalled for almost 10 years before his arrival, he was able to help the City Council amend the Downtown Master Plan, adopt development regulations to implement the Master Plan vision, and negotiate a Development Agreement to construct the City’s first mixed-use project in the downtown. This $200 million development is under construction with the first phase scheduled to be completed this summer. Mr. Leahy has Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific.

City Manager Candidates3Rebecca Polizzotto Ms. Polizzotto has 20 years of municipal experience having served her community as a police officer, chief financial officer, chief operating officer and city manager. During her tenure with the City of Conyers, GA, Mrs. Polizzotto played a significant role in the Centennial Olympic Games having responsibility for the financing, sponsorship development and leasehold agreements for the Georgia International Horse Park, the largest and second most expensive venue of those Olympic Games. After marrying her husband, Mrs. Polizzotto returned to her home state of Alaska where she has spent the past 11 years working for the Alaska Attorney General’s Office. As a Senior Assistant Attorney General, Mrs. Polizzotto provides legal advice to State agencies in the areas of employee benefits and public pensions. Mrs. Polizzotto holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, a Master of Public Administration Degree and a Juris Doctor. She currently resides in Juneau, AK, with her husband and their 10 year-old daughter.

City Manager Candidates4Donald “Pete” Rose Mr. Rose has 22 years experience as a City / County Manager and Administrator in Washington state. He has been the City Administrator of Lake Forest Park since 2012 and was the City Administrator in Woodinville. His other lengthy tenure was as the County Administrator of San Juan County from 2006 to 2012. Among his many achievements, he believes the most relevant to be the transformative process he has used in Lake Forest Park. When he arrived, the City’s budget had been in decline through the recessionary years. The result was staff furloughs. The City had little capacity to grow out of the doldrums. Yet now it is on an “all other things equal” path to be balanced through 2018. The effort began work in the 2012 budget when they did everything they could to hold the budget to the five year growth forecast of 1.4% — one of the lower growth rates in the region. In addition, he formed a benefits committee to examine other health benefit options. Management developed a budget tool that showed impacts of the represented and unrepresented groups’ impact on the budget by staying within or exceeding their “fair share” of the budget. It allowed the groups to manipulate key variables without a management filter. As a result, all three groups took a lower level of benefit support in exchange for small programmed pay increases and no furloughs. The effort was written about in the October 2013 edition of City Vision magazine. Mr. Rose has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Arts in government from Cal State University in Sacramento.

City Manager Candidates5Scott Somers Since 2009, Mr. Somers has been first the City Manager of Reedsport, OR, and is currently the County Manager of Clatsop County, OR. Mr. Somers has a number of achievements of which he is very proud. One of these was integrating the County Vision and Focus areas with the strategic plan. Before he arrived, the Board had adopted the 2012 Strategic Plan, which was essentially a list of capital projects that lacked broad overarching goals or long term vision for the County. Mr. Somers took those and aligned the recently adopted County Vision and Focus Areas. The result will help the Board and the budget process for years to come and will result in clear direction to staff. Mr. Somers has a Bachelors Degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

Council is scheduled to hold interviews with each of these candidates on Friday, April 17th in executive session. Executive sessions are confidential and not open to the public. The Council is tentatively scheduled to make a selection on April 21st.

PUBLIC RECEPTION On behalf of the Mayor & the City Council, the public is invited to attend a reception to meet these candidates. The reception will be held at the City Hall Annex Building, 15720 Main Street at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Each candidate will provide a short presentation on their background and interest in the position. Those in attendance will then have the opportunity to meet and talk with the finalists one-on-one. Snacks and coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kelly Chelin, City Clerk at 425-745-1891.

Public Hearing – Transportation Improvement Plan


The Mill Creek City Council will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The purpose of the hearing is to establish the Transportation Improvement Plan for the years 2015-2021. Do tell.

A copy of the draft 2015-2021 Transportation Improvement Program is available for review at Mill Creek City Hall during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or on the City’s website at

DATE: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

PLACE: Mill Creek City Hall
15728 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Any person desiring to present testimony may do so at the above described meeting or may submit comments in writing to the City Clerk prior to such meeting.

Kelly M. Chelin
City Clerk

We are trying to make our public meetings accessible to all members of the public. If you need special accommodations, please call City Hall three days prior to this meeting, 425-745-1891.

Kelly M. Chelin
Executive Assistant/City Clerk
15728 Main Street
Mill Creek, Washington 98012
(425) 921-5732 direct
(425) 745-1891 office
(425) 745-9650 fax

New Mill Creek Economic Development Committee to be Formed


The Mill Creek City Council is seeking individuals interested in joining a new Mill Creek Economic Development Committee.  This ad hoc committee will be responsible for developing & recommending ideas to the City Council to promote short- and long-term economic development in Mill Creek. Do tell.

The Council will appoint to the Committee 10 to 15 people representing a cross-section of the community, which could include a range of business owners/operators (including professional services and retail), commercial property owners and Mill Creek residents who have expertise or interest in economic development.  Anyone interested in serving on the Committee is invited to apply.  Applicants must have a strong interest in Mill Creek’s long-term economic vitality & community character.  Residency in Mill Creek is not a requirement.

The Committee will meet twice a month for a period of up to three months (with the option to extend if appropriate).  The Committee is anticipated to begin meeting in May 2014.  At the first meeting, the Committee will select a chairperson and set the day & time of subsequent meetings.  City staff will be available to facilitate the meetings & provide administrative support as appropriate.  Members are expected to attend the meetings & be active participants. The Economic Development Committee will be responsible for preparing a final report (and any interim reports it deems appropriate) & presenting it to the City Council.

If you are interested in applying for this volunteer opportunity on the Mill Creek Economic Development Committee, please submit a Letter of Interest by April 30, 2014 to:

Sherrie Ringstad, Planning Specialist

Department of Community Development

City of Mill Creek

15728 Main Street

Mill Creek, Washington  98012

For more information go to or call Sherrie at 425-921-5717 or contact her via email


MC Council & Everett Public Schools Board to Hold Special Joint Meeting


The Mill Creek City Council will hold a special Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  The purpose of the meeting is to hold a joint working session for both the Mill Creek City Council & the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors to discuss the proposed joint Mill Creek/Everett Public Schools Jackson H.S. field upgrade project. Do tell.

Part of the meeting will also be used to explore future (potential) partnering opportunities.  The Council will not take final action on any items. Public is welcome to attend however there will be no opportunity for public comment at this meeting.  This topic will come before the Mill Creek City Council on April 1 at which time public input will be welcome.


Everett Public Schools’ Community Resource Center, 3900 Broadway Everett, in the Port Gardner Room (1st floor on the left as you enter the building).


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

15728 Main Street   Mill Creek, Washington 98012

(425) 921-5732 direct

(425) 745-1891 office

(425) 745-9650 fax

Mill Creek City Business


The March 20, 2014 City of Mill Creek Planning Commission meeting has been canceled due to a lack of business.

The March 20, 2014 Design Review Board meeting will go on as scheduled at 5:15PM in Mill Creek City Council Chambers located @ 15728 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA 98012

The Agenda:

I. CALL TO ORDER: 5:15 p.m.

II. ROLL CALL: 5:15 p.m.


A. Approval of February 20, 2014 Meeting Minutes (1)

IV. NEW BUSINESS: 5:17 p.m.

A. DRB 14-03-461 Emeritus Corporation Monument Sign (2)

V. ADJOURNMENT: 5:40 p.m.


February 25th Council Meeting Cancelled


The February 25, 2014 regular Council meeting has been canceled due to the special meeting/legislative retreat on February 22, 2014.  The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the Council is Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Do tell.

Kelly M. Chelin — City Clerk

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

15728 Main Street

Mill Creek, Washington 98012

(425) 921-5732 direct

(425) 745-1891 office

MC Council Public Hearing: Marijuana Moratorium

doTellLogoThe Mill Creek City Council will hold a public hearing — January 14th — pursuant to RCW 36.70A.390 for the purpose of taking testimony & public comment regarding a proposed ordinance to extend the moratorium established by Mill Creek Ord. No. 2013-767. Do tell.

Mill Creek Ord. No. 2013-767 declared a moratorium on acceptance & processing of applications or approvals for building and land use permits or business licenses, or other applications concerning or related to any and all marijuana collective gardens, marijuana businesses or activities, including but not limited to marijuana production, processing and distribution in the City.  A copy of Mill Creek Ordinance No. 2013-767 is available at:

DATE:                   Tuesday, January 14, 2014

TIME:                    6:00 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as possible)

PLACE:                Mill Creek City Hall – Council Chambers

15728 Main Street

Mill Creek, Washington  98012

Citizens have the right to present written and/or oral testimony at the hearing, or may submit comments, in writing to the City Clerk prior to the hearing concerning the moratorium.

Kelly M. Chelin  — City Clerk

15728 Main Street   Mill Creek, Washington 98012

 “We are trying to make our public meetings accessible to all members of the public. If you need special accommodations please call City Hall at (425) 745-1891 three days prior to the meetings.” 

Share Feedback on Mill Creek’s Newest Park

Open House to View Conceptual Plans for Mill Creek’s Newest Park

The Mill Creek Parks & Recreation Board & Community Development & Recreation staff invite you to an Open House on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, to see the two conceptual plans created for the City’s newest park in the East Gateway neighborhood.  The concepts were created based on the input received at the Park Planning Work Shop on October 2nd.  Stop in any time between 6 & 8 p.m. and share your feedback on the two conceptual designs. Do tell.

Next Steps:

  • The Parks and Recreation Board will take the input received at the November open house and make a recommendation to the City Council on a preferred alternative.
  • The City Council will review the recommendation and take action on the Park Master Plan as soon as this November or December.
  • Construction on the park could begin as early as next spring.

Please visit the City’s website: & sign-up under Notify Me to be emailed notice of future meetings.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to see the conceptual plans & share your feedback, visit the Planning Department page of the City’s website or call Community Development staff at (425) 745-1891.

City’s New Website has Launched

The City of Mill Creek has completed an extreme makeover of its website. Besides the fresh modern look, there are several new tools to engage visitors. Right at the top you will notice the +myconnections link. Here it is easy to set up an account where you will be able to personalize your experience with the website. Interested in Parks & Recreation or City Council meetings? Want to get the latest news from the Police department? How about emergency alerts? You can have it all set up via widgets you choose for your personalized dashboard.

Notify Me” is the go-to page to subscribe to receive notifications, via email or text message, of whatever interests you most: updates on development of the East Gateway Urban Village, Marijuana regulation in Mill Creek, City of Mill Creek job openings, upcoming special meetings, request agendas from upcoming public meetings & much, much more.

I love the HowDo I . . . ? page where you will find information – including who to contact- to report that street light that’s out, the stop sign that has toppled, report a code violation or possible hazardous waste spill. Not to mention, How do I  . . .  pay, apply, find, register, rent or reserve? You name it; it’s probably here.  Do tell.

Plan to visit  soon & spend some time exploring the new site. There is a ton of information & interactive ways to request more information. If you have ideas of something that can make the City or even the site better the City of Mill Creek wants to know & you will find a link for that, too.

Planning Commission & Design Review Board to meet

Both the Mill Creek City Planning Commission & the Design Review Board meet on Thursday, May 16, 2013.  Do tell.

First the Design Review Board will meet at 5:15 PM in the City Council Chambers, with the following agenda:

CALL TO ORDER: 5:15 p.m.

ROLL CALL: 5:15 p.m.


A. Approval of April 18, 2013 Meeting Minutes (1)

NEW BUSINESS: 5:17 p.m.

A. DRB 13-05-451 Creekside Place, Pulte Group  Streetscape and Roadway Buffer    Plantings and Monument Sign (2)

B. DRB 13-05-452 Mill Creek Plaza Building J, Panos Properties LLC  Building   Elevations, Colors & Materials, Lighting and Landscaping (3)

C. DRB 13-05-453 City Sustainable Landscaping Demonstration Project Landscaping (4)

D. Informal Review of Mill Creek EGUV, LLC (a.k.a. Polygon NW) Landscaping (5)

V. ADJOURNMENT: 6:30 p.m.

Then the Planning Commission will open their Regular Meeting with the following agenda:

CALL TO ORDER 7:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL 7:01 p.m.

A. Introduction of New Member Susan Null


A. Planning Commission Meeting of March 21, 2013 (1)

WORK SESSION 7:04 p.m.

A. Proposed 2013 Amendments to the MCMC – Package #1 (2)

B. Proposed Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Streetscape Element (3)


A. Update on City Council Retreat (4)


Message from the City of Mill Creek: ” We are trying to make our public meetings accessible to all members of the public. If you need special accommodations, please call City Hall three days prior to this meeting (425) 745-1891.”