CONFIRMED: Burien City Manager Mike Martin will take job in Lynden
UPDATE 6/13/13 10 a.m.: BTB Senior Writer Ralph Nichols spoke with Burien City Manager Mike Martin Thursday morning (June 13), and it’s confirmed – Martin told him he “is planning to take” the city administrator position in Lynden, WA.
PREVIOUSLY: According to a Tweet sent out by Christian Hill of the Tacoma News Tribune at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon (June 12), Burien City Manager Mike Martin has taken a job in Lynden, WA:
BREAKING: No. of #Lakewood city manager finalists down to 5 as Burien city manager Michael Martin is hired in Lynden, city spokesman says.
— Christian Hill (@TNTchill) June 12, 2013
As we previously reported, Martin was a finalist for the same gig in Lakewood as well.
Lynden is a small city of 11,951, located in Whatcom County just five miles south of the Canadian border (map below).
According to Wikipedia:
The town is noted for its manicured lawns, Dutch/European architecture and abundance of churches. In August, the Northwest Washington Fair lures over 200,000 people, and allows Whatcom County residents to display their agricultural products, art, crafts and wares. This regional fair is highly regarded as one of the best family friendly fairs in the state.
In 2005, Lynden gained renown for its infamous Lynden Drug Tunnel, built by a band of Canadian drug-smugglers in the basement of a residence 5 miles north of Lynden along the Canadian border.
This story is developing, so check back for updates…