Northwest NEWS

June 12, 2000

Local News

Bothell hires new public information officer

   Bothell City Manager Jim Thompson announced the creation and successful recruitment of a Public Information Officer, a new position within the City to better meet the needs of the growing community.

   Joyce Figueroa Goedeke, a resident of Kenmore, was chosen from a pool of 82 applicants to fill the position.

   "As a Bothell-area resident of more than 20 years, I'm very excited to be a part of the City of Bothell team," said Goedeke. "There are so many great things happening here and by working together, communication between the City, our communities, and the media can only improve."

   The Public Information Officer position was created and funded by the City Council in the 2000 budget to coordinate the communication between the various departments of the City and the community at large. The main functions of the Public Information Officer are managing the City's website (; overseeing the Bothell Bylines, the City newsletter published and mailed to all residents and businesses six times a year; writing press releases and articles; community-building and outreach; and coordinating various City events.

   Joyce Goedeke comes to the City with significant work experience, as well as bachelor of arts degrees in communications and political science. Her past positions include anchor/reporter at KCMU radio station in Seattle, associate producer at KING Broadcasting Company's Evening Magazine show, and working in public relations at Starbucks Coffee Company. She began her position in Bothell on June 5 following her most recent experience as the Promotions and Marketing specialist for Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.

   Goedeke's professional awards include an IRIS (Television Broadcast) Award Nominee in the Current Affairs category (December 1999); a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award in the Sports Category (June 1999); Filipino American Historical Society Award Nominee (October 1997); Community Education and Counseling Services "Outstanding Performance - Executive Producer" (September 1994); and University of Washington's "Best Children's Producer/Reporter" (May 1994).

   "We are very excited to have Joyce join our dedicated team of employees serving the Bothell community," commented City Manager Jim Thompson. "In a world where the ability to access, manage, and exchange information forms the cornerstone of success for individuals and corporations alike, the addition of the Public Information Officer to our staff will give us a focus and opportunity we never had before. We have accomplished some exemplary things with the communty's resources in the time I have been in Bothell, but we've never gotten the word out consistently on what we have accomplished. We are also looking for new ways to connect with our community members, to find out what is important to them. I know that Joyce will help us achieve these goals, and the citizens of Bothell will appreciate being better informed."

   Joyce Goedeke can be reached at (425) 486-3256 or via e-mail at