Stowe agrees to short-term contract as interim city manager

Administrator will serve up to 90 days while Polizzotto is on administrative leave
By Dan Aznoff | Jun 22, 2018
Courtesy of: City of Mill Creek

Former City Manager Bob Stowe has entered to a personal services contract with the city of Mill Creek to serve as the interim city manager for as long as three months.

Stowe will begin his temporary duties on Monday, June 25, to replace Rebecca Polizzotto while the current city manager is on administrative leave.

“I was honored to be the Mill Creek City Manager for 10 years,” said Stowe. ”I’m looking forward to rejoining the Mill Creek team.”

Stowe served as the city’s chief executive officer until 2005 when he left to become the city manager in Bothell.

Members of the city council placed Polizzotto on 45 days of paid administrative leave on Tuesday, June 19. The current city manager has been away from city hall since mid-April to recuperate from what has been described as a reparatory infection.

According to a spokesperson for the city, Polizzotto has used her sick days and vacation to cover the time away.

One city official said the difference in how the leave is identified is important.

"The council actually took Rebecca off medical leave and put her on paid administrative leave for 45 days to address 'issues'," the unnamed official told The Beacon.

Police Chief Greg Elwin was named acting city manager by the council until a replacement could be secured.

Correction: A previous article posted by The Beacon indicated that Stowe had been fired from his position as city manager in Mill Creek. That was not correct. He resigned in 2005 to take a similar role with Bothell. He was fired by a 5-2 vote of the city council of that city in the May of 2016.

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