The City of Mountlake Terrace has hired Steve Osguthorpe as the new Community and Economic Development Director. Osguthorpe will fill the position vacated when Shane Hope was hired by the City of Edmonds. Steve comes, most recently, from the City of Yakima where he worked on, among many things, the City's new downtown master plan. I was already somewhat familiar with Yakima's downtown master plan and I've spent the morning listening to a bunch of public discussions that Steve led concerning the topic and have been very impressed. Shane Hope left some very big shoes to fill but it looks like the City found the right person.
From the City's press release:
City Manager Arlene Fisher has hired Steve Osguthorpe, AICP as the city’s new Community and Economic Development (CED) Director. Osguthorpe, who is currently serving as Community Development Director for the City of Yakima, will start his CED position with Mountlake Terrace on June 30.
“After an extensive interview process, Osguthorpe was the top candidate that I believe can take the city of the future to the next level,” said Fisher.
Osguthorpe brings years of experience in Comprehensive Planning, management, implementing Washington State Land Use Law, community design, and excellent customer service. He served as Planning and Housing Director in Ames, Iowa for six years, and Planning and Building Manager for Gig Harbor for ten years.
"Mountlake Terrace is ideally situated to take on the region's next wave of growth and the city has done all the right things to work the energy of that growth in the right direction. The city’s town center plan, design standards and planned improvements will ensure both quality development and economic vitality. That is an exciting foundation to build upon and I’m looking forward to being part of that activity,” said Osguthorpe.
Osguthorpe earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning in 1988 and Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics in 1990 from the University of Utah.