I want to thank the City Council and the community for giving me the opportunity to serve the citizens of Burien over the last four and a half years. It has been an honor and a privilege to return to my hometown, lead an outstanding staff, and implement policy on behalf of the City Council. I also greatly appreciate the opportunities to work with so many residents, businesses, and service organizations committed to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion that makes Burien the special place we are all fortunate to enjoy.
I am leaving the city with an outstanding leadership team in place, Burien in the best financial condition in its history, and with a staff recognized for their knowledge, skills, abilities, and commitment to service. The future of Burien is bright!
Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve here in Burien.
Brian J. Wilson, former Burien City Manager
Carolyn Hope Selected as Interim City Manager
After Brian J. Wilson announced in December he was resigning as city manager, the Burien City Council appointed Carolyn Hope to be the interim city manager, effective January 16, 2022. Hope continues to serve as director of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department.
“Carolyn is an exceptional leader and manager with a broad level of experience,” Wilson said. “She will provide steady leadership during this transition.”
Hope has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration and political science from the University of Maine and a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale University.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead the organization through this time of transition,” said Hope. “I am proud to serve with a really strong leadership team and highly competent staff.”
City Manager Search Invites Community Input
The City Council selected GovHR USA, an executive search firm, to assist them in recruiting and selecting the next city manager. The community is invited to participate in the process. The City Council is responsible for selecting the city manager. It is anticipated that City Council will be interviewing candidates in June or July.
Burien has a council-manager form of government, consisting of an elected city council that is responsible for policymaking, and a professional city manager, appointed by the city council, who is responsible for administration. The city manager provides policy advice, directs the daily operations of city government, handles personnel functions (including the power to appoint and remove employees), and is responsible for preparing the city budget.
Learn more about opportunities to provide feedback and meet candidates at burienwa.gov/CityManagerSearch.