The City of Mukilteo’s new mayor, Jennifer Gregerson, is making some administrative changes as part of her “ongoing overhaul of city government.” And, Gregerson’s overhaul appears to extend beyond hiring her longtime political ally Sen. Marko Liias to write the city newsletter, a part-time gig that will earn him a whopping $65,450 per year.
Gregerson plans to eliminate Mukilteo’s city administrator position in favor of a new management services director position. According to the Herald, Gregerson “made it clear in her campaign last fall that she didn’t think Mukilteo needed a full-time city administrator.” The “management services director will have slightly different duties, and a smaller salary.” Mukilteo’s city administrator earned a salary of $118,000, the new management services director will make about $30,000 less.
That’s interesting because Gregerson hired Liias to write the city newsletter—a completely unnecessary position—for a part-time salary of $65,450. Meanwhile, the new management services director—a full time position that helps run the city—will make about $20,000 more. The full-time person who helps run Mukilteo will make $20,000 more than part-time person who “writes”—that word is used loosely—Mukilteo’s newsletter.
Gregerson also plans to hire a new finance director and is creating a full-time human resources manager position. Evidently, Gregerson needs a full-time HR person so she doesn’t make more mistakes like hiring Liias.