As I complete my first year as Bothell City Manager, it is an opportunity for me to reflect upon both my professional experiences as well as my life as a Bothellite. All of the elements that initially drew me to Bothell have exceeded my expectations, especially the warmth and character of Bothell. The City staff are passionate, dedicated and hard working. They have flourished this past year and embraced our new organizational values of delivering exceptional customer service, teamwork, innovation, safety and ethics in the work place. The team is focused on achieving the Council’s goals and serving our community to the best of our abilities. We look forward to meeting our new Councilmembers and working together in delivering exceptional programs and services to our Bothell community in the year ahead.
My life in Bothell has brought me great joy. By living in the heart of downtown I am able to walk to work, enjoy the downtown businesses and restaurants, attend community events and explore the many trails and open spaces. I have biked and run along the Sammamish River Trail, hiked Shelton View and North Creek forests, wandered through the Wayne Golf Course, picnicked at Blyth Park, and enjoyed many beautiful afternoons at the Park at Bothell Landing.
And my professional and personal passion, teaching, has been unleashed as I work with both Cascadia College and UW Bothell on various initiatives. For example, I have the opportunity to interact with the students on class projects and in the classroom as a guest lecturer.
Thank you Bothell, for making my first year so special. I am excited to see what great things we will do together in 2018.
December is a time to look back on the year and take stock, as well as look forward to the year ahead.
This month Bothell firefighters Chad Gustafson and Tom McKittrick visited a very special little girl, on her 4th birthday. Quinleigh will always have an extraordinary relationship with these two firefighters because four years ago, when she was just 15 hours old, her heart stopped.