Local residents meet the five finalists for Burien City Manager position Friday

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Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

An estimated 60 local residents had an opportunity to meet the five finalists for the vacant Burien City Manager position at a Feb. 28 open house in the community center. 

One candidate – Michael Matthias – has withdrawn to accept a 2-year appointment to Oxford.

Four candidates sat at small tables as groups of 2-4 persons asked them questions, while one – Greg Baker – stood.

City Attorney Craig Knutsen has served as acting city manager since last June after then-City Manager Mike Martin resigned to become city administrator of Lynden (read our previous coverage here).

The city council will meet in executive session to conduct individual interviews with these finalists on Saturday, March 1. A city leadership team and a panel comprised of city advisory board representatives will also conduct interviews with them.

Council members hope to make a final decision on Burien’s next city manager at their regular meeting Monday, March 3. The selection will be made public after a contract is negotiated.

Thumbnail biographical sketches of the six finalists for the city manager position appear below:

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.comGregory D. Baker
Recently city manager of Damascus, Ore., Baker came from Kansas City, Mo., where he was an assistant city manager, and later executive director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. He has served as vice president of community leadership for Missouri Gas Energy, and manager of community development for international and agribusiness for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He is a former coordinator for Refugee Resettlement for the District of Columbia. Baker earned a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas at Lawrence.

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.comKamuron D. Gurol
Gurol is assistant city manager and community development director for the City of Sammamish. Previously, he was a corridor planning manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Urban Planning Office, director of the Kitsap County Department of Community Development, and manager of the Snohomish County Planning Division. Gurol began his work in growth management and environmental and natural resource planning with King County. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Washington and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.comTimothy Hacker
Hacker, a former city manager of North Las Vegas, Nev., previously was city manager of Mesquite, Nev., city manager of Kewanee, Ill., and a senior planner for Peoria (Ill.) County. In addition he has been executive director of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments in Cedar Rapids, and city administrator of Humboldt, Iowa. He worked as planning director for the North Iowa Area Council of Governments, and Planning and Zoning Administrator for Wood River, Ill. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University.

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.comJoe Hannan
As city administrator of Mukilteo, Hannan has overseen construction of a new city hall and the development of community center facilities. Previously he served as economic development director for Lakewood, and before that was city manager of Fife, city manager of Redmond, Ore., and city administrator of Myrtle Creek, Ore. Hannan received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California – Santa Barbara, and has completed course work toward a Master’s degree in public and social affairs.

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.comWilliam Monahan
An attorney specializing in local government and land use law, Monahan represents cities and developers before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and served as city manager of Tigard, Ore., from 1994 to 2004. Previously he was city planner for Brockton, Mass., chief rehabilitation officer for the Brockton Redevelopment Authority, community development director for Tigard, and city attorney for West Linn, Milwaukie and King City, Ore. Monahan graduated from Stonehill College, and received a Master’s degree in community planning from the University of Rhode Island, and a law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.

Here is video of the candidates introducing themselves shot by Michael Brunk:

Here are photos of the reception also by Michael:

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5 Responses to “Local residents meet the five finalists for Burien City Manager position Friday”
  1. tophat topcat says:

    Looks like a line-up of funeral directors to me.

  2. Burinal Dumas says:

    Nice to see we get to choose from some local guys…hey wait a second none of these guys are from Burien!

    How can we pick someone who doesn’t even know about the the great Burien – White Center war of 1856?

    I don’t trust em!

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