A divided Shoreline City Council votes to offer the city manager position to Bristol Ellington

Monday, September 19, 2022

Bristol Ellington at the meet and greet
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
At the Shoreline City Council meeting on Monday, September 19, 2022, members voted 4-3 to authorize the mayor and deputy mayor to enter into negotiations to offer the City Manager position to Bristol Ellington.

Voting Yes were Chris Roberts, John Ramsdell, Keith Scully, and Eben Pobee.

Voting No were Doris McConnell, Betsy Robertson, and Laura Mork. 

These latter councilmembers stressed that they would fully support a new city manager and that all candidates were well qualified. Their support for another candidate was based on that person's experience being closely aligned with Shoreline's issues, that the person would be able to step into the position with very little learning curve, and that the person was already very familiar with Shoreline.

Neither candidate has previously been a city manager.


4 comments:

OnTheRecord September 20, 2022 at 9:11 AM  

Thank you Shoreline City Counsel for selecting Mr. Ellington for the City Manager position. He is by and large the most qualified for the position and we are pleased with your selection!

Anonymous,  September 20, 2022 at 9:15 AM  

Wow talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth. To turn down two well qualified candidates who both have extensive knowledge about Shoreline will set the city back, but maybe that’s what they wanted.

Anonymous,  September 24, 2022 at 12:23 PM  

Shoreline needs a new perspective and this is a great decision. Carolyn Hope and Scott McColl have very limited managerial experience even though they know Shoreline well - knowing Shoreline well and being entrenched in the same old way of doing things is not a benefit going forward.

Anonymous,  September 25, 2022 at 12:20 PM  

It's unfortunate that the vote went down by gender. What did the women see/know that was different from the men?

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