by Ralph Nichols 
Scott Greenberg, Burien’s Community Development director since 2001, has resigned effective Oct. 15 to take a comparable position with the City of Mercer Island.
Greenberg will be that city’s Director of Development Services. He will be responsible for Mercer Island building and planning functions, development review and engineering, code enforcement, and administrative services including front-counter permitting functions.
Burien City Manager Mike Martin told The B-Town Blog that Greenberg leaves “a great legacy. He really left his fingerprints in the community.”
Greenberg joined the City of Burien as senior planner in 2000, and became Director of Community Development the following year when then-director Rob Odle left to take a position in Woodinville.
Earlier, he worked as a principal (senior) planner for Mercer Island from 1986 to 1990, then was a Planning Policy commissioner for the City of Issaquah from 1994 to 2000, serving as chairman for two years.
After coming to work for Burien, he was appointed to an interim term on the Issaquah City Council in 2000-2001.
Greenberg said he left to accept “new and different challenges” with a city that will reduce his daily commute by more than half – noting “I wouldn’t have taken this job if it had been in Tacoma.
“I think the City of Burien has a lot of potential and if not for the recession it would have been realized by now. I can foresee the city achieving the vision for its future.”
Greenberg also makes award-winning wines with the Convergence Zone label at a Woodinville winery.
But he corrected an erroneous earlier report that said his new position would also reduce his commute to this winery.
“That had nothing to do with my going to Mercer Island. I do that nights and weekends, and if I need to go there during the day I take vacation time.”
Martin said after Burien’s 2013-14 biennial operating and capital budgets are adopted in November, he and staff will evaluate Community Development Department and related city functions, then determine the options for filling Greenberg’s vacancy early next year.