Northwest NEWS

July 6, 1998

Local News

Bothell interim city manager named

   by Andrew Walgamott
   Staff reporter

   BOTHELL--Michael Caldwell, a former Lynnwood city administrator and councilman, was named Bothell interim city manager last week.
   Mayor Debbie Treen said the City Council unanimously chose Caldwell, one of two candidates the seven-member board interviewed for three hours last Monday afternoon.
   "We wanted to get to know these guys," Treen said.
   She said Caldwell's advantages were that he was local and familiar with Snohomish County, King County and state laws. The other candidate was from Kansas, though he'd held a post in Washington before, she said.
   Caldwell served as Lynnwood's administrator from 1982 to 1995, and was on the City Council there for 14 years. He was also a Lynnwood planning commissioner, served three years as a Snohomish County Solid Waste Advisory Member, seven years as a Community Transit board member and 12 years as a boardmember of the Edmonds Community College Foundation. He was an industrial engineer at Boeing from 1957 to 1982.
   Councilman Mike Noblet said he liked the fact that Caldwell gave definitive "yes" or "no" answers during the council's interview.
   "He struck me as someone to take the helm," Noblet said and added that having him on board now would allow the city to complete the 1999 budget process.
   Caldwell lives in Woodinville and Arizona with his wife of 36 years, Carol. They have three children and five grandchildren.
   His name was forwarded to Bothell by Waldron Resources of Seattle, the same firm who provided former city manager Rick Kirkwood who resigned June 15.
   Treen said the council hasn't yet developed a process for a permanent city manager search though one of Caldwell's primary focuses will be to guide the city in that quest.
   He served as Olympus Terrace Sewer District interim general manager for six months last year and Bonney Lake's city administrator for three months in 1996.
   Caldwell's appointment is effective today, July 6.