DEVELOPING STORY: The city of Lakewood has announced the names of the six likely finalists that its consultant is recommending as finalists to become the new city manager. The City Council will finalize the list when it meets Monday night. Final interviews are scheduled for June 17-18 with a hiring decision expected in late June or early July.
Straight from the memorandum, the candidates are:
James Bourey – Mr. Bourey is currently the Director of Corporate Development for Elliott Davis, LLC, a regional accounting and financial services firm located in Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to that he was Greenville’s City Manager from 2004-2010. During Mr. Bourey’s long public service career he has also served as Chief Administrative Officer for El Dorado County, California, Executive Director for the Maricopa Association of Governments, Arizona, County Administrator for Hennepin County, Minnesota, and Senior Assistant County Administrator for Hillsborough County, Florida. Mr. Bourey has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University, and two master’s degrees from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, in Urban Design and Architecture.
John Caulfield – Mr. Caulfield has been the City Manager for Mountlake Terrace, Washington, since 2006. Prior to that he was Deputy City Manager for the City of University Place, Washington, where he was also Community and Economic Development Director and Finance Director during his nine years with the city. Mr. Caulfield also served the City of Federal Way, Washington, in a number of finance positions. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University, Massachusetts, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Seattle University, Washington.
Matthew Fulton – Mr. Fulton is currently serving as an organizational consultant for Daly City, California. Prior to that he was City Manager for Coon Rapids, Minnesota, from 2006-2012. Mr. Fulton’s public service career began in 1979 and his positions include City Manager for New Brighton, Minnesota, and City Administrator for Hartford, Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin.
W. Scott Larese – Mr. Larese has been the Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President for a privately held company since 2009. Mr. Larese retired after 25 years of active military service in the US Army in 2008 and his last assignment was Garrison Commander/City Manager for Fort Rucker, Alabama, for three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education and Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National War College, Washington, DC.
Michael Martin – Mr. Martin has served as the City Manager for the City of Burien, Washington, since 2006. Prior to that he was Chief Administrative Officer at the City of Kent, Washington, for five years, and he served the City/County of San Francisco, California, for seven years in a number of positions, including Emergency Communication Project Director, Budget Manager, and Senior Budget/Policy Analyst. Mr. Martin was also a newspaper reporter for several years in Washington and California early in his career. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Kevin Phelps – Mr. Phelps has served as Deputy County Executive for Pierce County, Washington, since 2009. Prior to that he was Deputy State Auditor for the Washington State Auditor’s Office, and he was a City of Tacoma, Washington, council member from 1998-2005. Mr. Phelps’ private sector experience includes being Managing General Partner at the Landmark Convention Center, Tacoma, and President of Prestige Northwest, Inc. He will be completing a degree in Business Management from Western Governor’s University, Salt Lake City, Utah, in September 2013.