Many people stopped by City Hall Monday afternoon to say farewell to departing Community Services and Economic Development Director Stephen Clifton. Phrases like “big shoes to fill, “amazing legacy” and “irreplaceable” could be heard throughout the room as Clifton mingled with well-wishers.
Typical of the low-key Clifton, who is headed for a job with Snohomish County, there were no speeches or remarks at his request. Clifton will hold the position of executive director, acting as a liaison with county departments and assisting in the coordination of policy and procedure decisions.
Clifton said he is looking forward to working again with former Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson, who is also serving as an executive director in the county executive’s office. His last day with the city is Tuesday.