Yakima City Council sticks with selected city manager

Yakima City Council sticks with selected city manager

YAKIMA, WA — The Yakima City Council will continue the hiring process for its recently-selected city manager.

The council met behind closed doors Friday morning to discuss “new information” about Thurston County Manager Cliff Moore, who was unanimously selected as the new city manager Tuesday following a two-hour executive session.

Following Friday morning’s special meeting, council members did not discuss their choice for city manager, instead, councilman Bill Lover moved to declare Tuesday’s meeting “null and void,” stating it violated the Open Public Meetings Act.

State law indicates informal balloting of job applicants is not allowed in executive session.

“I don’t believe the council knowingly violated any laws, and one’s perception could easily conclude the procedure that was used was not a formal voting process,” said Lover following the executive session.

Lover’s motion failed 5-2, with councilwoman Kathy Coffey seconding the motion.

Concern about Moore’s selection was raised by local residents and business owners — Moore had been the target of several Thurston County-based blogs, accusing him of being unqualified and incompetent at his position.

The Thurston County Commission was also targeted by bloggers.

Moore has served as Thurston County Manager since 2013.