The City of Leavenworth will be having a special City Council Meeting (necessary to have all Councilmembers in the same room for an official City business function) to introduce candidates for our Administrative Services Director position.
Who: Candidate Michael Rose
Candidate Matthew Selby
What: The Mayor and City Council will be present and the public is invited to come meet and talk with the individual candidates. We will be providing refreshments including coffee, water, and cookies from the Homefires Bakery.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Executive Session (not open to the public)
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Public Meet & Greet (open to the public)
Where: The public Meet & Greet will take place in Council Chambers on the First Floor of City Hall
Mike started his career in emergency services, and before moving on to public and municipal service, he was the Assistant Manager of Emergency Preparedness at Disneyland. He spent most of his career in municipal government at the City of Dana Point in Southern California, beginning as the Emergency Services Coordinator and working his way up and serving as the Director of General Services from 2009 -2019. In that position he developed capital improvement project plans, specs, and bid packages; oversaw project construction to ensure on-time and on-budget project completion; wrote and administered maintenance contracts, professional service contracts, RFPs, lease agreements and facility use agreements; and served as Acting City Manager when the City Manager was away. He has developed and presented trainings, reports and presentations to City Council, other elected officials, State and Federal officials, and to the community.
Mike left Dana Point in 2019 to move closer to his agin parents and family in northern Idaho. He was recruited by a former Dana Point council member, and friend, to manage a ranch that had just been purchased and needed the right person to turn the business around. Mike was able to use the skills gained from his career to turn the ranch around financially.
While he enjoyed his new challenge, he missed working in the public sector. Aiming to find something close to his family, and not having an interest in moving back to California, he took a position as Director of Facilities at the Kitsap Regional Library in 2021. During his short time there, Mike has developed long and short term department goals, and began an organizational strategic planning initiative and facilities master plan. While he never expected to stay in a position such a short time (and still finds satisfaction in the work there), he is excited by the opportunity Leavenworth is offering – one that would offer the chance to use all of the skills and experiences gained over his career, return to true municipal government, be closer to family, and be involved in a tourism economy with unique and exciting challenges.
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.