Longtime Woodinville Finance Director Jim Katica is retiring on June 6, 2014. Katica was the city’s first, and only, finance director since it incorporated in 1993.
In addition to his position, he has served as interim city manager three times over the past 21 years, and has also served as the interim city clerk.
Under Katica’s direction, the city has won eight governmental budgeting awards, received an AA+ bond rating, and is currently in very strong financial condition despite the lingering effects of the recession.
Katica has worked for four permanent Woodinville city managers during his tenure: Joe Meneghini (1993 - 1997), Roy Rainey (1997-1998), Pete Rose (1999 – 2006), and Richard Leahy (2007 – present).
“I am extremely thankful for having been given the opportunity to work at Woodinville City Hall. The relationships with such dedicated staff, council and citizens have given me memories that will last my lifetime,” reflected Katica.
He plans to spend his retirement rekindling friendships, working on a myriad of projects around the house, and “hopefully carving out an unrealistic amount of time to chase fish.”
The city is recruiting to fill the vacancy from Katica’s retirement and intends to have a new finance director on board in June 2014.