BREAKING: Burien City Council selects SGR as City Manager search firm

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At Monday night’s City Council meeting, lawmakers voted unanimously to select SGR – Strategic Government Resources – as the firm to conduct a search for Burien’s next City Manager.

The council chose SGR over two competing firms – Prothman, and Waters.

According to their website, SGR was:

“Established in 1999 by former City Manager Ron Holifield, SGR has grown into the largest private sector provider of live training for local government employees in the nation, as well as the third largest local government executive search firm in the nation.”

When selected, the new city manager will replace Mike Martin, who resigned effective July 24 to become city administrator of Lynden, Wash.

City Attorney Craig Knutson is currently serving as interim city manager until the new hire assumes that post.

As we previously reported, there had been prior discussion among council members – and citizen comment – about whether the current council or a new council seated next January should select not only the new city manager but also the executive search firm.

As many as four of the city’s seven council members could be new to the council after the November election.

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