Northwest NEWS

October 19, 1998

Front Page

City manager candidates trimmed to five

   by Andrew Walgamott
   Staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--Of the five men who have become finalists for Woodinville city manager, four are from Washington, three are current managers, two have done so on the west side of the state, and one is the former top administrator of Bothell.
   The choices are Richard L. Kirkwood, William R. Trippett, Kenneth L. Carter, Allyn S. Waggle, and Donald (Pete) Rose.
   "I think we've got a good field," said Mayor Don Brocha.
   Kirkwood was Bothell's city manager from 1995 to June, 1998 and previously served at a like post in Pismo Beach, California for 6.5 years. He holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University and a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Weber State College.
   Rose, Medical Lake, Washington's city manager since 1994, previously managed the small town of Quincy which is near Wenatchee. He has a master's degree in government from California State University and a bachelor's degree in Political Science/Public Services from UC Davis.
   Trippett has been the city administrator/city attorney of Sultan since 1996, and previously was in private law practice specializing in the aerospace industry. He also served as Prosecuting Attorney in Cowlitz County, Washington, and earlier as a part-time assistant city attorney in Bellevue. Trippett holds a J.D. degree and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington.
   Waggle is currently Associate Director of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments in Palm Desert, California, and was the previous city manager of Indio, California. He served with the U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam era.
   Waggle is expected to attain a Masters of Public Administration later this year, complementing a bachelor's degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.
   Carter, Prosser, Washington city manager since 1993, also managed Hays, Kansas for 11 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Fort Hays State University, supplemented by graduate studies in Political Science from Kansas State University.
   The five were picked from 13 others who filled out an extensive questionnaire. Those in turn had been recommended from a field of 85 who expressed interest in the position.
   The candidates will be brought to town Nov. 4 and will undergo what he termed "personality assessment" testing. Department heads and city staff will meet the candidates Nov. 5 and 6. Later on the 6th, there will be a community reception.
   Then, Nov. 7 and 8, the council will interview the candidates, and according to schedule, will meet on the 9th in Executive Session to decide which man will head up Woodinville.
   "What we're looking for, because of the recent changes, is stability," Brocha said. The Woodinville City Council has parted with two other city managers in the past 19 months. The last, Roy Rainey, was ousted last June.