Letter to the Editor: Stephen Clifton will be missed

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Dear Editor:

On April 15, 2014 during the audience comments portion of the Edmonds City Council meeting, I made the following remarks about Stephen Clifton. For those of your readers who were unable to attend the Council meeting or watch it on television I am providing a transcript of my remarks below:

I have had the pleasure of working with Stephen Clifton as a member of the Highway 99 Task Force since 2004, and as a member and now the current chair of the Economic Development Commission since 2009. My comments this evening are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of either of these groups.

I have found Stephen to be hardworking and extremely knowledgeable about economic development issues locally, regionally and nationally. He is held in high esteem among his peers in the region.

Stephen is quite passionate about our City’s future and has worked tirelessly to recruit new businesses to Edmonds and retain existing ones. He is an ardent supporter of the arts and understands the current and future economic value they bring to our community. He has conducted himself professionally in the face of critics and supporters alike.

I have found that Stephen understands the importance of striking a balance between Edmonds’ charm while at the same time thinking progressively to bring sound and vibrant economic development to our community.

As a longtime citizen volunteer Stephen’s knowledge, professionalism, integrity and calm demeanor have inspired me to work diligently for the betterment of our community. In both public and private meetings he has always been well prepared, and focused on the issues at hand and not on the personalities of those involved.

All of us, citizens and Councilmembers alike should endeavor to emulate Stephen’s attributes. In doing so, we will be able strive to work together cooperatively to promote the best interests of Edmonds and not individual agendas.

Today, Edmonds loses one its outstanding employees and best visionaries. As a City, we have been incredibly fortunate to have Stephen’s leadership for the last 14 years. Even though today is his last day as an official employee of the City, I’m sure it’s not the end of his work for the betterment of Edmonds. I trust that as a citizen of Edmonds he will continue to give us the benefit of his knowledge and expertise on the important issues facing our community.

Thank you Stephen for your excellent service to Edmonds. I wish you well in your new position with Snohomish County.

Bruce Witenberg

3 COMMENTS

  1. Bruce has stated so well what many who volunteer have thought for years. We now enter a new time for our town. EAS. Edmonds After Stephen.

  2. So very well expressed by Bruce– it’s up to all of us who care and work for the well-being of our city to take up such work in the same dedicated, collaborative, and effective manner as Stephen

  3. Stephen has been a very knowledgeable and effective staff person. He readily shares his fount of information. He will be missed at the city. I wish him well for his new position in Snohomish County.

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