November 30, 1998
BOTHELL--As expected, the Bothell City Council chose Jim Thompson of Bullhead City, Arizona, as their new city manager last week.
Starting work January 4, Thompson, 35, will go from one city in the throes of change to another. In Bothell, he'll find a city coming off a hot year of permitting. Construction has begun on the University of Washington/Cascadia Community College branch campus, and national chain hotels are interested in this town at the crossroads of four highways and the tech corridor.
Sprawling on the east bank of the Colorado River, Bullhead City has reportedly had 17 city managers in the past 12 years. Thompson has been the manager there for the past 30 months. Located across from Laughlin, Nevada, Bullhead City is large enough to earn an inset map in the National Geographic Road Atlas of the United States. Bullhead City has a summer population of around 30,000 and about 250 employees, both which compare with Bothell.
With a new police station under construction, Bothell officials were excited about Thompson's ability to bring in capital projects on time and under budget, as well as his TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) approach. Thompson will be paid just under $100,000.
Right next door, the City of Woodinville chose Pete Rose, Medical Lake, Washington's city manager as their new top administrator. Like Thompson, he will likely start at the beginning of next year. Rick Kirkwood, Bothell's former city manager, was among four finalists Woodinville's council interviewed for the position.