Oh my yes, we do have an expansive staff in the Mayor’s office! Seven years ago, we began with two in the office and now seven years later, we are way up to two in the office. Truth is, if I did not have my Executive Assistant, Carolyn LaFave, we would need more staffing.
When I became mayor, we did an expansive search to staff the position and as I recall we had in excess of 100 applications. I pulled in our HR Department, a couple of my directors and we went to work.
As with any application pool, we received many very good candidates… and some, well, not so good. After a couple of screening exercises, we narrowed the list to six finalists, all of whom we interviewed. There were three of the candidates I could have worked with, all highly qualified and multi-skilled, but one was a clear choice. It was Carolyn LaFave!
Previous to joining the city staff, Carolyn worked for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. Before that, she worked for Honeywell. Her work at the chamber gave her a broad perspective of the city, an understanding of the dynamics of the community and South Snohomish County, and helped her develop many key contacts throughout Edmonds, including some city staff.
Carolyn’s duties are many. Yes, she answers the phones, makes appointments, keeps me on schedule, and all that “stuff.” She also works extensively with the Sister City Commission, manages applications when I interview and appoint members to the city’s boards and commissions, sits in on certain key meetings, produces the city’s quarterly newsletter and, at times, simply helps me maintain my sanity!
She of course is also on point daily and often is a key contact at City Hall for citizens — providing information and helping them get to the right department for answers to their questions.
As you may have calculated by now, she is a valued employee to me, the staff and the city. Many of you know or at least recognize her from her time working with the chamber and city. If you have the opportunity, take a moment and thank her.
— By Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling