Press the “Play” button to hear full, raw audio of Monday night’s (Oct. 10) special Burien City Council session:

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Former Des Moines City Manager Tony Piasecki (left), laughs during a lighter moment at Monday night’s special city council session. Seated to his left is fellow candidate David Johnston. Photo by Scott Schaefer.
By Jack Mayne Photos by Scott Schaefer After an hour-plus interview of two candidates, the Burien City Council voted 5-0 Monday night (Oct. 10) to appoint retired Des Moines City Manager Tony Piasecki as interim manager of Burien, replacing the fired Kamuron Gurol. The vote was unanimous. City Councilmembers Debi Wagner was excused early, and Stephen Armstrong was absent from the meeting. The two candidates the Council interviewed were Piasecki, who retired in August after 20 years on the Des Moines staff – the last seven as city manager – and David Johnston, who formerly was city manager of Maple Valley. Neither candidate was interested in filling the permanent city manager position that the Burien Council has yet to formulate a plan to fill. Gurol left the city staff last week, but a separation agreement is still being negotiated between the city attorney and Gurol. The attorney will negotiate a temporary city manager agreement with Piasecki, who is expected to take over the interim job in a couple of weeks after a previously-scheduled vacation trip. img_5498 p1220719 p1220751]]>

Senior Reporter Jack Mayne passed away in December, 2021. In his honor we have created the Jack Mayne Journalism Scholarship.

2 replies on “City Council appoints former Des Moines city manager as interim Burien manager”

  1. How convenient that he was retired. The entire matter still sounds unbelievably fishy and specifically concocted to remove Gurol who was the best manager the city ever had. Light hearted moments at the expense of the hatchet job on Gurol by Her Highness Lucy and her merry brigade. What an insult to Burien and to people who understand City government. Sad day for all of us. Remember this come election time folks.

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