Mike Millman was reappointed to the Woodinville Planning Commission nearly one month after his resignation due to an “unfriendly atmosphere” within the commissions and city council.
He was reinstated to his old position in a unanimous vote by the council March 17. Mayor Elaine Cook said she is unsure why Millman chose to return to the commission.
“I am really happy that Mr. Millman decided to stay on the commission,” Cook said. “We are very lucky to have people who care so much about the city, serve on our commissions.”
He was first sworn into the commission in September 2018, just after retiring from 28 years with the Everett Police Department. His resumed term is still set to expire in July 2021.
Millman declined to comment after both his resignation and reappointment to the commission.
He stated in his February resignation letter there was an “unfriendly atmosphere” swirling around the Planning Commission, Open Spaces Commission and on the council. His letter also highlighted his appreciation for the other volunteer commissioners and planning personnel.
“I wanted to help our community grow in a positive direction and was willing to put my time and effort toward that goal,” said Millman in his resignation letter. “This is not a climate I want to volunteer my time and energy toward.”
Chair of the Planning Commission Kevin Stadler said he had no idea why Millman chose to leave and decided to return.
“I’m super glad he’s back,” Stadler said. “We have a great Planning Commission and he is one of the reasons why.”
The Planning Commission is a seven-member advisory board that reviews and makes recommendations to the city council on various topic areas, including land use, long-range planning, capital project planning and commercial development.