City Manager Ben Yazici’s review hints at year to come
August 23, 2013
By Ari Cetron
New: Aug. 23, 11:18 a.m.
The Sammamish City Council gave City Manager Ben Yazici a glowing performance review at its July 15 meeting.
The review is given in a closed session, but the records are public documents. In addition to discussing Yazici’s work over the past year, the documents lay out the council’s priorities for the coming year.
In addition to unanimously approving the review, the council agreed to give Yazici a 3 percent raise, putting his salary at just more than $186,000.
The review covered Yazici’s performance between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
In most areas, the council believed Yazici exceeded expectations. While many of the specific topics are ongoing, Yazici got top ratings for his work in economic development. The council did not believe that he should be “more proactive with willful violators” of city regulations.
It commended Yazici for his efforts in handling many of the city’s issues, including those with Eastside Fire & Rescue, along with city finances.
“He has done an excellent job in controlling expenditures and building up an enviable reserve,” the documents read.
In the coming year, the council expects Yazici to tackle a host of issues. It wants the city to be prepared for dealing with the fallout from Issaquah’s possible annexation of Klahanie. They want to see an action plan for the city to implement sustainability goals on the environmental front. Yazici is also expected to continue keeping the city budget in line.
Some specific new goals for Yazici give a window into what the council expects to accomplish in the coming year.
Yazici is expected find a way to create more off-street parking at Sammamish Landing park, work with the Boys & Girls Club for construction of a multi-use gym at the Teen Center, and begin early work on deciding what to do with the YMCA property the city is leasing.
The city’s economic development plan is supposed to be complete by the end of 2013, and the city should also review its tree retention code and noise ordinance, the documents read.
Other items include updating existing plans, and building and maintaining staff morale.