Rebecca Polizzotto Separation

City Council Approves Separation Agreement with City Manager Polizzotto
Posted on 10/02/2018
An image of Rebecca PolizzottoThe Mill Creek City Council has terminated the professional services agreement of City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto and approved a separation agreement during its Oct. 2, 2018 Council meeting.

The Council acknowledges that the last several months have been extremely difficult because it has not been able to share information with the public regarding the personnel matter related to its former City Manager. The Council has a fiduciary responsibility to the tax payers of the City and disclosing personnel information or acting before its processes are followed, would put the City’s financial resources at substantial risk, and would not follow the appropriate and recommended legal course of action.

Now that the Council has made its decision, it will turn its full attention to governing and providing direction and support to the Interim City Manager Robert Stowe as he prepares the City’s next budget and advances other key policy matters for Council consideration. The Council will also immediately start its search for its next City Manager, and will work with the community and staff to determine the leadership characteristics and skills needed to advance the professional image and necessary governmental work on behalf of the City. Stowe will continue to serve in his interim role during the search and selection process for the next City Manager.

The City of Mill Creek is organized as a council-manager form of government. The Mill Creek City Council supports the council-manager form of government as the best, most efficient and professional management form available to municipalities. This system of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a governing body (the city council), with the strong managerial experience of an appointed city manager.

The council-manager form of government establishes a representative system where all legislative power is [exercised by] concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.