Recently I had come out in support of a council-manager form of government for Edmonds. I was willing to put off Council consideration of council-manager form of government because of the need for stability for rest of the year. That premise has been blown out of the water by the mayor’s action.
Therefore now is the perfect time to put before the voters the question of council-manager. I have asked the Edmonds Council President to please put on our agenda for a public hearing a council-manager form of government with the next few weeks. After the hearing I will be asking the council to put it on the ballot on the next available election.
If the people of Edmonds support having a professional manger administering our city the change would take place as soon as August of this year. In the mean time I would hope the Council would encourage Mr. Stephen Clifton to expand his job with the city to that of overall City Administrative Manager. Upon a successful election I would then support making Mr. Clifton the City of Edmonds City Manager.
Councilman Michael Plunkett