Stephen Clifton, long-time Community Services and Economic Development Director for the City of Edmonds, announced his resignation Wednesday.
Clifton will become the new Executive Director for Snohomish County, acting as a liaison with county departments and assisting in the coordination of policy and procedure decisions. His last day with the City of Edmonds will be April 15.
Clifton said he will miss working with Mayor Dave Earling, city staff, citizens, community organizations/groups and many councilmembers over the years.
Over his 13-and-half-year career with the City of Edmonds, Clifton was instrumental in the formation of the Edmonds Public Facilities District and Edmonds Downtown Business Improvement District. He served as the City’s project lead for the Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds Crossing Multimodal Project, Sound Transit Edmonds Station, and Fire Station 16. He also helped secure funding to build Edmonds Center for the Arts and acquire Marina Beach Park and Off-Leash Area in addition to other projects and programs.
More recently, Clifton facilitated completion of the City’s Strategic Action Plan (SAP). His economic development responsibilities also included helping form the City’s Economic Development Commission and working closely with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Port of Edmonds, Downtown Merchants Association and Economic Alliance of Snohomish County.
In accepting Clifton’s resignation, Earling described Clifton as “a true asset for the City. He is a great communicator, collaborator, and a strong part of the executive team. He will definitely be missed.”