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Carnation appoints interim city manager

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Small BobJeanCARNATION — Bob Jean is Carnation’s new interim city manager. Jean takes over for Amy Arrington who stepped down from the position on May 19.

Jean had previously served Carnation in the interim city manager role in 2017 prior to Arrington’s appointment. He was on board when the Tolt Avenue design work began and he will now be with the city through the Tolt Avenue Project construction. The transition should be seamless, as Jean knows most of the city staff and many of the council and community leaders, he sad.

“I love the small-town character and community spirit in Carnation. It reminds me of my first city manager job years ago in Troutdale, Oregon when it was just about Carnation’s size at 3,000 facing pressures of regional growth and change,” Jean said. “I hope I can add some of my experience to that of the Council and staff as Carnation looks to its future while maintaining that small-town spirit.”

Jean is a seasoned veteran of governmental affairs having served more than 40 years in city government. He first served as a budget analyst for the city of Seattle in 1975. He has held the position of city manager in Oregon, Kansas and California.

Jean was the city manager in Puyallup from 1990-94 and was the first city manager in Newcastle during its startup in 1995. He then served as the first city manager of newly incorporated University Place from 1995 to 2010, after which he retired.

Jean has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound and a bachelor's from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

No decision has been made as to when to begin the recruitment of the regular city manager position.

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