During a presentation on a citywide study of job classification
and compensation by Milliman Inc. of Seattle, Bainbridge City
Council members learned during Monday night’s meeting that
Bainbridge Island city employees receive approximately 9 percent
above the market median (50th percentile) when comparing actual
The compensation analysis was from 34 cities that responded to
Milliman’s request. Most of the responding cities were primarily
from Washington, but some were from Oregon, said Greg McNutt, a
compensation consultant and principal with Milliman. Yakima,
Renton, Spokane Valley, Marysville and Lakewood were some of the
municipalities that responded.
“You have a lot of tenured people here,” McNutt told the
Council. “You have 86 percent of the people that are at the top
Some of the recommendations given by McNutt for
managing the city’s staff included:
– Managing base salaries toward its intended market
position. This action will maintain desired market target.
– Maintaining benefits in their current form. This will provide
employees both the opportunity to save for retirement and act as a
safety net against unforeseen health issues.
– Maintaining salary structured at their current range width,
but create mores steps within each grade with annual increments of
approximately 3 percent between steps. This would cause pay
progression problems to diminish over time.
– Manage high fixed costs of base salaries.
McNutt’s presentation to the City Council was for information
only and no action was taken on it.
Kellie Stickney beat out at least 29 other applicants to be
named the city’s community engagement specialist – a new
position that aims to help Bainbridge Island do a better job
of telling its story.
The advertisement for the opening boasted an
annual salary ranging from $62,595 to $78,499.
Stickney, 31, comes to the island with 10 years of experience
working with nonprofits and cities such as Lynnwood and
Sea-Tac. For the past four years, she has worked as the marketing
and outreach director for Seattle’s SustainableWorks, a nonprofit
general contractor and energy efficiency program.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to use my skills
and experience to serve the residents of Bainbridge Island as
their community engagement specialist,” said Stickney, who
will start her new job March 10. “I’m looking forward to
working with residents and city staff to build an even
stronger and more connected Bainbridge community.”
Stickney, who was born and raised in Hermiston, Ore.,
earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gonzaga
University in 2004 and a master’s of public administration
from the University of Washington in 2009.
Six of the eight semifinalists are from Washington. One
semifinalist is from Texas, and one is from Indiana. The
semifinalists will complete a brief online interview. Finalists
will be selected Oct. 1. The finalists will visit the island in
mid-October for more extensive interviews.
The city is searching for a permanent replacement for Lance
resigned this spring. John Cunningham is serving as interim
public works director.
As promised, new City Manager Doug Schulze has made public
outreach a priority.
City Hall has taken gradual steps to up its web presence over
the last year, including the launch of a city manager Twitter account this
week. It’s also experimenting with new online tools for
Here are some outreach improvements the city has made recently,
in no particular order:
we reported back in May, the park district is interested in
leasing 15-acres of city-owned property surrounding the Vincent
Road transfer station for an off-leash dog park. It took quite a
lot longer than expected for the proposal to make it before the
City Council, but the dog park is
on the agenda for tonight’s meeting.
The memo attached to the agenda item (PDF
here) lays out the history of the site and provides a
preliminary design. City staff identified a number of concerns for
the council to consider. The proposal is complicated by the
fact that a portion of the property rests over a former landfill.
The landfill was capped, and the land is safe for surface use, but
any park development at the site cannot interfere with
environmental remediation efforts.
City staff concluded the plan is feasible but will require
“additional attention and research” to carry out.
City Manager Doug Schulze said the potential acquisition was
discussed during a City Council executive session. Council members
decided the property was too expensive and not necessary for the
park, he said.
The 8,000-square-foot lot borders the northeast corner of
The city is advertising
nationwide for a new police chief, with the help of executive
search firm Strategic Government Resources. The job
description, posted Monday, asks for applicants with 10 years of
“progressively responsible” law enforcement experience, and five
years in a senior command position. A bachelor’s degree is required
but a master’s degree in administration or criminal justice is
preferred. The new chief is required to live on Bainbridge.
Recent controversies at the police department are hinted at in
the position profile. Under the header of “Issues and Challenges,”
the profile lists trust building between police and community as a
top priority. The new chief will need to improve accountability
within the department and promote public outreach, especially with
schools, the profile says.
The ideal candidate, according to the profile, will need to
“facilitate change, while respecting the island’s culture and
responding to the needs of the community.”
The city will host two police-related outreach programs this
week. The first is a forum on the search for a new police chief, as
we noted with a brief last week:
Bainbridge seeks input on new police chief
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Bainbridge Island is seeking input
on its search for a new police chief.
The public can weigh in on the search at a forum from 6-8
p.m. Jan. 15 at City Hall. Comments also can be emailed
The city is searching for a replacement for former Chief Jon
Fehlman, who resigned in September. Texas-based firm Strategic
Government Resources was hired in December to lead the search for a
“It’s very important to me that SGR hear directly from
island residents about the qualifications and characteristics
desired in potential candidates,” City Manager Doug Schulze said.
“The consultants will then use this input when developing the
police chief position profile.”
SGR also led the city’s search for a new manager, which
resulted in the hiring of Schulze last fall.
Fraud prevention workshop
Bainbridge Island Police Department has also organized a fraud
prevention workshop for Friday. The program will be held from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waterfront Park Community Center (a nice
check out the recent renovation).
A panel of experts will discuss common internet scams, mail
scams, and identity theft. The program will include information on
how to prevent fraud and resources available to fraud victims.
“The purpose of the workshop is simply to educate islanders
about the latest scams and to help them avoid being the victims of
fraud,” Interim Public Safety Director Larry Dickerson said
in an announcement. “While the workshop will be geared toward
the island’s senior citizens, any interested members of the public
are welcome to attend.”
The workshop is free and no advance registration is
Liveaboard plan saved again
Just when about half of Eagle Harbor’s liveaboards were about to
give up on the city’s open water marina plan, a few last minute
changes on vessel boarding and sewage disposal rules appear to have
shifted sentiment back in favor of the plan. Read more
Business groups merge
Fewer dollars and staff have brought the Bainbridge chamber of
commerce and downtown association together as one organization. Get
U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee is set to speak in his own neighborhood
tonight. He’ll be the guest at a Bainbridge Rotary dinner at the
Wing Point Golf & Country Club. More info
City statement on Ostling shooting
If you haven’t seen it yet, head over
here for the city’s statement on the police shooting of Douglas
Ostling. The city offers condolences to the Ostling family,
mentions the city is undertaking an internal review of the
shooting, and refers readers to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
investigation and the county prosecutor’s letter responding to the
Ostling family’s outrage over the shooting. The prosecutor’s letter
follows the city letter.
City breaks state labor laws?
The fight between the city and its union workers is heating up. The
union, after having filed a grievance over layoffs earlier this
month, is now claiming that the city violated state labor laws.
here about how the layoffs went down, and why the union thinks
the city will have to give a lot of that $2 million it got from
Washington State Ferries to pay laid-off workers.
County Commissioner Clarence?
In other news, islander Clarence Moriwaki is
one of five candidates vying for a soon-to-be-open Kitsap
County commission seat. He aims to replace Commissioner Steve
Bauer, who is stepping down. Moriwaki has been a radio news
reporter, a spokesman for Gov. Mike Lowry, a Tukwila City Council
member and a regional office manager for U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee.
Recently, he was Kitsap County’s public information officer and
helped lead the development of the Japanese-American memorial on
Bainbridge Island. He was a finalist for Bauer’s commissioner
position when he was appointed in 2007.