City Administrator Candidate Meet & Greet – Matthew Selby
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING – CANDIDATE MEET & GREET
Come meet the candidates for the City’s new City Administrator position!
The Mayor and City Council will be present and the public is invited to come meet and talk with the individual candidates on the dates/times listed below.
Please note that the Executive Session from 6:30-7:30 pm is not open to the public.
- Call to Order
- Roll Call
- EXECUTIVE SESSION: RCW 42.30.110 (g) To Evaluate Qualifications of an Applicant for Public Employment (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
- Resolutions, Ordinances, Orders, and Other Business
- MEET THE CANDIDATES (7:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Thursday, June 16, 2022, meet Matthew Selby
Matthew “Selby” Selby
Selby began, and spent the majority of, his career in public / municipal service experience on the East Coast – first in Ashland, MA (a town about 20 miles SW of Boston with 16,000 residents), and then in Acton, MA (also a Boston suburb, with 25,000 residents).
In Ashland, he was Director of Community Development and Health, serving from 2008-2016. This was a new department that integrated Building, Conservation, Economic Development, Health, Planning and Zoning functions. While there he spearheaded efforts to make Ashland a state-designated Green Community and managed renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Selby moved on to become the Land Use and Economic Development Director in Acton, MA, serving from 2016-2021. During his tenure in Acton, Selby helped redevelop troubled properties which brought in 200 million dollars in investment to Acton, and worked on affordable housing projects with both the housing authority and also Habitat for Humanity. He also created the Acton Area Manufacturing Collaborative that connected manufacturing employers with workforce investment boards, educational partners, and social service organizations to create a pipeline of employees for Acton’s manufacturing companies.
Selby served most recently in Yakima, WA as the Interim Assistant City Manager from November 2021 until April 2022. While working as the Interim Assistant City Manager in Yakima he put together proposals for a mixed use development that included affordable housing. He understands why workforce housing is critical to both the health of the Leavenworth residential community and our business community.
Having spent most of his career on the East Coast, Selby knew the interim position in Washington State was a way to open doors to other positions on the West Coast, which had been a goal of his for a number of years. During his interim position, he visited Leavenworth, and was drawn to what the area has to offer. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys many outdoor activities – not the least of which are central to our outdoor playground: kayaking, mountain biking, and skiing.