Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is scheduled to be in Issaquah, Washington, Thursday for public interviews as one of two finalists to become that town’s new city administrator.

The other finalist for the job is Marty Wine, the city manager of Tigard, Oregon.

Issaquah is a fast-growing community in King County Washington about 20 miles east of downtown Seattle. It had 30,434 people in 2010 and had grown to an estimated 39,378 residents by last year.

Bobkiewicz, who next month will have served 10 years as city manager in Evanston, came here from a position as manager of Santa Paula, California.

He has said that he would be interested in relocating to the Pacific Northwest because his wife grew up there and still has family living there.

In May 2017 Bobkiewicz was named one of four finalists to become city manager of Tacoma, Washington, but withdrew from consideration after the City Council there expanded the pool of candidates to include its interim city manager, who they ultimately chose for the job.

Then in December 2018 he was named one of five finalists to become county administrator in Clackamas County, Oregon, but lost that job to another internal candidate.

Last February, Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, complained in a newsletter to constituents about the city manager’s decision to apply for jobs elsewhere, but there was no indication that other aldermen shared his concerns.

Bobkiewicz is budgeted to earn $251,647 this year in Evanston. Issaquah has listed the top salary for its job opening as $202,000.

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Bobkiewicz pulls out of Tacoma job hunt (5/13/17)

Bobkiewicz finalist for manager job in Tacoma (5/3/17)

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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