I am concerned about the number of experienced employees who have left the City in the last year or so. Small organizations can’t afford to lose this much talent.
It began almost two years ago with the firing of City Manager Ken Armstrong, who was admired and loved by many Mill Creek citizens and in my opinion, most City employees.
In the last year 13 or more employees have left the City. Some were asked to leave, others were pushed or fired, and some left in outright disgust.
A majority had worked long and loyal years for the City, serving 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30+ years. Much valuable City knowledge, experience and history has been walking out the door of our beloved City.
From what I can gather, the positions leaving and estimated years of experience are:
• Police Chief - 28 yrs;
• Police Commander - 25 yrs;
• Police Officer - 25 yrs;
• Police Sergeant - 19 yrs;
• Police Support Services Manager - 31 yrs;
• Building Official - 15 yrs;
• Park & Recreation Director - 18 yrs;
• Senior Planner - 10 yrs;
• Finance Director - 7 yrs;
• Finance Director -4 yrs;
• Payroll Technician - 5 yrs;
• City Attorney - 3 years; and
• Facilities Maintenance Crew Member - 3 yrs.
I love Mill Creek and so do most citizens I know. It disturbs me that many of these employees are having to leave at all, much less just before their full retirement age. It doesn’t seem moral.
The new City Manager has a reputation of being very smart, yet mercurial, abusive, and who talks down to employees. The Mayor and Council believe she is doing a great job.
Citizens of Mill Creek need to be very concerned.
David W. Wood