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City admin decision could come this week

SNOQUALMIE - The city of Snoqualmie hopes to announce a decision soon regarding a new city administrator.

The decision would come nearly a year after Mayor Fuzzy Fletcher fired the city's last administrator, which is the most powerful appointed position in the city.

The city just wrapped up a six-month search that narrowed a field of candidates nominated by The Oldani Group, a Bellevue-based executive search group. The group does an extensive search of candidates, which is then culminated in profiles that include personal information and an evaluation of the candidates' strengths and weaknesses. Oldani then recommends finalists to government agencies looking for high-level administrators. Recent local searches conducted by The Oldani Group include the fire chief for Bellevue and the community development director for Kitsap County.

The final list of four candidates for the Snoqualmie position come from all over the United States, although none are from Washington.

The candidates were brought to Snoqualmie last week where they met with an interview board that included Fletcher, Interim City Administrator Don Isley, Snoqualmie Human Resources Clerk Debra Whalawitsa, city councilman Matt Larson, Salish Lodge and Spa General Manager Sam Johnson and Valley Record General Manager Jim McKiernan.

A final candidate was picked and offered the job but Fletcher did not want to announce anything as of press time pending final details.

Former city administrator Gary Armstrong was fired last July by Fletcher for unspecified reasons. Isley, who was at that time the director of public safety for the city, has held the post on an interim basis.

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