Patrick Doherty appointed as Edmonds’ new Community Services/Economic Development Director; council confirmation set for July 22

Patrick Doherty
Patrick Doherty

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling announced Friday that he has appointed Patrick Doherty to fill the city’s Community Services/Economic Development Director position. and will be seeking City Council confirmation on Tuesday, July 22. Doherty is scheduled to begin his work with the city on July 30.

Doherty is the current Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Federal Way.

“Patrick Doherty will be an outstanding addition to our staff,” Earling said. We continue to attract strong Directors from across the region. Edmonds is fortunate to have him join us”.

If confirmed by the council, Doherty will fill the vacancy left when Community Services/Economic Development Director Stephen Clifton took a job with Snohomish County.

Doherty lives in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, and is a former manager of the City of Seattle’s Design Review Program.

He was one of two candidates who met with the Edmonds City Council July 14. The other candidate was Jackie MacLean, former King County Community & Human Services Director.

The city opened the recruitment for the position twice, and invited three candidates to interview with the City on July 7. Each applicant interviewed in front of three panels, including Directors, City staff, and a Council/Community member panel. The mayor also interviewed all three applicants but chose to forward only two of them to the city council after determining the third candidate was not a good fit. The city council at its July 15 meeting agreed to waive the requirement that the council get to interview three candidates, which can be done if a super-majority of five members agrees.

Doherty was offered the position on Wednesday, July 16.

Doherty studied Urban Planning at the University of Washington, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in the field in 1981. He pursued a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University, where he focused on urban design, historic preservation and solar energy planning, graduating in May 1983. After serving as the Senior Planner for the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa for a year, he  returned to the Seattle area, first working for the City of Kirkland for several months, after which time he was offered a job in the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Land Use in August 1984.

At the City of Seattle, he was promoted to Senior Planner, then to manager of the City’s Design Review Program. In 2001, he was appointed as the Economic Development Director for the City of Federal Way, where he oversaw city center redevelopment efforts, business retention and expansion, business attraction, tourism promotion, and special projects. At the beginning of 201, Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest merged the Community Development and Economic Development Departments, with Doherty overseeing both. For the past for years, Doherty has also managed a $32 million performing arts and conference center project.

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