Robert Hartwig selected as Shoreline’s new Administrative Services Director

Friday, December 30, 2011

City Manager Julie Underwood has selected Robert Hartwig to be City’s new Administrative Services Director. Hartwig’s selection is the culmination of an extensive search after Debbie Tarry, the former administrative services director, was appointed by Underwood to be the new Assistant City Manager in May.

Hartwig is the current Finance and Human Resources Director for the City of Erie, Colorado. Before taking his position with Erie, Hartwig was the Finance Director and City Administrator for the City of Fremont, Nebraska. Hartwig is an accomplished financial executive with over 15 years of experience leading top-level operations in governmental and private businesses alike. Prior to his service in Fremont, Hartwig served as the Finance and Administrative Services Director for the City of Lafayette, Colorado, where he was successful in improving the City’s bond rating. Hartwig has extensive experience in managing and obtaining funding for capital projects including water and sewer utility projects.
“After an extensive competitive search I’m delighted to welcome Bob to our team,” stated Underwood. “His expertise in local government management, financing and information technology, his experience with economic development, and his values of teamwork, collaboration, and openness match exactly with what we were looking for in a new director.”
"It was great meeting all of the team members and visiting the community. Shoreline is a great fit and match for my skill set. I'm really looking forward to meeting and working with everyone at the City and getting to know the citizens and business people in the community,” said Hartwig.

Hartwig has a BBA degree in accounting and finance from the University of Iowa, an MBA degree from Regis University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

The City used The Novak Consulting Group, a public management consulting and executive search firm, to assist the City with its search. Novak received approximately 50 applications for the position. Of those, 11 were chosen as semi-finalists to go through additional screening. After the additional screening, the City Manager chose five finalists that were then interviewed by two panels made up of City staff and the City’s Leadership Team. The final interview was with the City Manager.

Hartwig will start as Administrative Services Director on January 30, 2012.


Anonymous,  December 30, 2011 at 8:49 AM  

Novak Consulting, hmmm. Julie Novak worked for the company (Management Partners) and bought it, then renamed it after her and who did Steve Burkett go to work for immediately after he received almost a year's worth of severance pay from the City of Shoreline? Management Partners. And who did Management Partners work for before Steve Burkett go to work for them, well for course it was the City of Shoreline. And who was one of Julie Novak's first clients after she bought the company? The City of Sequium. And who is the city manager at the City of Sequim now - well, I'll save you the suspense, it's Steve Burkett.

And who was the constant thread at the City of Shoreline during all of these Management Partners changes, even giving Julie Novak a letter of recommendation on the record in Lawrence, Kansas - Julie Underwood. I guess Julie never lost touch with good old Steve Burkett.

Anonymous,  December 30, 2011 at 8:52 AM  

Really!?! Really!?! We see conspiracy in even this? Get real, people, it's a small world. You aren't living in a pulp fiction novel. Who has time for half the crap you come up with?

Anonymous,  December 31, 2011 at 11:06 PM  

Let's see here:

Steve Burkette's severance pay was around $100,000

The open public meeting lawsuit around his termination was around $500,000

The Management Partners contracts were over $30,000 of taxpayers money

So, over half-million dollars of the Shoreline taxpayers money has been spent on that loser Steve Burkett and Julie Underword gives them more? Well, in my book, she is a loser too for wasting more of our money. That is what is crap.

Anonymous,  December 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM  

Oh, I forgot to mention - the Management Partners contractors in excess of $25,000 required CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL. Steve Burkett was big on city council approval, that is what got him sideways with the council; he claimed that no councilmember could approach a staff member without his express approval. Yet, he violated city rules on contracts, so what so you to that @8:52 am? Is that crap? A plain and simple violation of city council rules that Julie Underwood has perpetuated?

Anonymous,  January 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM  

Oh, lord. Get a hobby.

Anonymous,  January 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM  

@8:45 pm - I guess you don't care that all this taxpayer money just goes into a rathole when it could have paid for sidewalks and our city manager feels it necessary to keep on feeding the beast.

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