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CITY MANAGER Debbie Tarry

Debbie was appointed City Manager in January 2014. Debbie had been serving as the Interim City Manager after former City Manager Julie Underwood resigned in 2013. Before taking on the interim position, Debbie was the Assistant City Manager for Shoreline and had been in that position since 2011 and was the Finance Director for Shoreline from 2000 to 2011. Previously, she served as the Finance Director for the City of Mill Creek, WA from 1994 to 2000, as the Administrative Services Director for LINK Transit for Chelan and Douglas Counties from 1990 to 1994, and the Accounting Manager for the City of Wenatchee from 1987 to 1990.

 

Debbie has served as the President of the Washington Finance Officer’s Association and serves on the Loss Control and Investment Committees for the Washington Cities Insurance Authority.

 

Debbie has a BA with a concentration in Accounting from Pacific Lutheran University and passed the Certified Public Accountant test in 1985.

Assistant CITY MANAGER John Norris

John Norris was named as the Assistant City Manager in January 2014. John served as the Acting Assistant City Manager after Debbie Tarry was appointed Interim City Manager upon the resignation of former City Manager Julie Underwood. Prior to being named Acting Assistant City Manager, John served as a management analyst in the City Manager’s office for seven years.

 

Before coming to Shoreline, John worked as an analyst in the King County Office of Management and Budget and a coordinator in the New York City Department of Education, Parent and Community Engagement Office.

John has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs.

Administrative services director Sara S. Lane

Sara S. Lane became the City’s Administrative Services Department Director in June 2015. Before coming to Shoreline, Sara worked at the City of Bellevue for almost 23 years. For the last 10 years Sara served as an assistant director where she had the opportunity to oversee every financial function for the City. Prior to promotion to Assistant Finance Director Sara served as a manager for several financial functions including Tax, Treasury & Investments, Payroll and Finance Business Systems. She co-managed the replacement of the City’s Financial and Human resources system.

 

Early in her municipal career Sara worked in several analytical roles in Tax, Risk Management, and Treasury. Sara was also actively involved in several Citywide and regional initiatives including performance management, process improvement, and local tax simplification.

 

Prior to joining the City of Bellevue, she worked in Accounting in the private sector and in Finance for a Military Community. Sara earned her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is an active member of the WFOA, serving on the Education Committee.

City Attorney Margaret King

Margaret became Shoreline’s City Attorney in 2014. King has 23 years of professional legal experience, 17 of which have been representing state or local governments.

 

Before coming to Shoreline, Margaret was the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County serving as the chief legal adviser to the Snohomish County Council, the elected County Treasurer, and the Department of Emergency Management. Prior to that she worked as a Senior Associate Attorney for Kenyon Disend, PLLC where she served as the City Attorney for the cities of Roslyn, Sultan, and Gold Bar, and the Town of Hunts Point, and as an Assistant City Attorney for the cities of North Bend and Tukwila.

Economic Development Manager Dan Eernissee

Dan joined Shoreline to serve the City by encouraging Shoreline’s diverse business community. Dan draws on ten years in the private sector as project lead on over $300 million of residential, retail, and mixed-use development. During that time, his team earned a prestigious 2020 Vision Award for collaboration with City leadership on a mixed-use suburban lifestyle center, Mill Creek Town Center.

 

Dan holds a bachelor degree in business from the University of Washington, a masters degree in theology from Regent College, Vancouver BC, and is on track to become a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).

 

Dan is an adjunct faculty member of two Seattle-area universities, teaching real estate investing and business ethics. He is proud father to two talented teenagers and fortunate husband to one extraordinary wife.

Human Resources Director Paula Itaoka

Paula started with the City June 2014. She brings 35 years of professional experience in Human Resources, 14 years in government service preceded by 21 years in private sector.

 

Paula is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the Washington and National Public Employer Labor Relations Associations.

 

Prior to coming to Shoreline, Paula served the City of Lynnwood as their HR Director, the City of Bellevue as their Manager of Compensation, Benefits and Labor Relations and Washington Mutual as their Corporate Compensation Vice President.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Eric Friedli

Eric became the City's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director in February 2015.

 

Before coming to Shoreline, Eric worked for the City of Seattle for over 25 years, 15 of which he spent in the Parks and Recreation Department. He served as the Acting Deputy Superintendent for the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department from 2010-2015. His other roles in the Seattle Parks Department included Strategic Advisor, Enterprise Division Director (Golf Course, Special Events, Films, Picnic Shelters, Concessionaires, etc.), and Director of the Sand Point Magnuson Park programming and facilities.

 

Early in his career, Friedli served in Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and Office of Long Range Planning.

Planning and Community Development Director Rachael Markle

Rachael has been the Planning and Community Services Director since January 2012. She has 17 years of professional experience in planning and community development and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Markle has been employed with the City for nearly 14 years, the past seven of which she has served as the Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development. Prior to coming to Shoreline, Markle worked as a Senior Planner for the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center. 

She has managed such major projects as permitting and environmental review for the construction of the King County Brightwater regional sewage treatment system and the King County Hidden Lake sewer system upgrades in Shoreline. For the past seven years she has supervised the Code Enforcement Team, working with the City’s Code Enforcement Officer to address hundreds of safety and environmental issues throughout the City. She enjoys continually improving City codes to ensure clarity, ease of use and consistency.

 

Rachael has a bachelor of science degree in political science/communications from Florida State University.

Public works Director Randy Witt

Randy joined the city in September 2015.  He came to us from King County Metro Transit  where he was the Design & Construction Manager. 

 

Before moving to Metro, Randy was the Public Works Director for the City of Bainbridge Island and prior to that was City Engineer for the City of Bremerton. 

 

Randy received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer.

Police Chief Shawn Ledford

Chief Shawn Ledford became the City's Police Chief in June 2012. He has been with the King County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years, with his most recent position being Zone Commander of the Patrol Operations Division. Before that, he was the Acting Division Chief for the Criminal Investigation Division. From 2001 to 2006, he was the Police Chief for the City of Newcastle where he focused on improving community policing efforts and citizen engagement.

 

In addition to the above positions, Chief Ledford has also served as a patrol officer in Federal Way, a training officer and negotiator on the Hostage Negotiations Team and a detective in the Special Assault and Major Crimes Robbery/Homicide Units.

 

Chief Ledford has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and criminology from Western Washington University.