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The Mountlake Terrace City Council on Saturday voted 7-0 to move forward with Jeff Niten as a finalist for the City Manager position.
“We had a great set of candidates,” Mayor Pro Tem Bryan Wahl said.
This action commences the next steps of negotiating a contract and potentially making an appointment.
Niten has served as the City Manager for Shelton since January 2019. He previously served as the Community Development Director for Ridgefield from 2015-2019 and as Planner II and Planner III Project Manager in Clark County from 2006-2016. He holds a master’s degree in public administration.
Mountlake Terrace has a council-manager form of government, meaning the seven elected Councilmembers hire and oversee a City Manager. That person acts as chief executive for the organization, with nearly 200 employees and a $43.3 million general fund budget in 2023.
Since early November, Andrew Neiditz, a seasoned City Manager, has been serving in an interim role and assisting with the leadership transition.
Neiditz worked with a recruiter on a national search in coordination with the Council. That process resulted in five finalists, who spent Friday and Saturday at the Civic Campus meeting with councilmembers, staff and community guests.
The city thanks everyone who participated and looks forward to announcing further information soon.