Pending approval of an employment contract by the City Council on Nov. 29, Jennifer Phillips will become the new City Manager for the City of Bothell on Jan. 17, 2017. After a national search, background screening, public open house, and a day-long series of interviews with staff, the community, and City Council, Phillips was chosen out of six finalists by the City Council.
Phillips currently serves as City Manager for the City of St. Helena, California. She brings 17 years of local government executive-level experience, including as Assistant City Manager in Santa Rosa, Santa Monica, and Fullerton, California. Phillips has a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science, both from California State University, Long Beach. A longstanding member of the International City/County Management Association, she has held leadership roles in many professional associations. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School.
“Jennifer has all the experience and credentials necessary to lead our City, so did the rest of the semi-finalists. It was her energetic, articulate and thoughtful personality that we felt would be best to lead our City,” said Mayor Andy Rheaume.
With a broad range of local government experience, Phillips brings skills in building high-performing organizations focused on customer service and accountability, community engagement, balancing economic development with quality of life, and a strong background in municipal finances.
Phillips’ starting salary will be $179,000 annually. She plans to attend the Dec. 6 Council meeting and will meet with staff later that week.
The Bothell City Council retained Slavin Management Consultants to lead the search for a new City Manager. The firm received 37 responses to its extensive national search. Slavin vetted the applicants’ resumes and recommended 10 semifinalists for the City Council to consider. Once a preferred candidate was selected, the City Council voted to delegate contract negotiations to Mayor Andy Rheaume and Bob Slavin.