Pete Butkus to return temporarily

April 11, 2014

By Staff

New: April 11, 2:22 p.m.

Every time he thinks he’s out, they pull him back in.

On March 17, the Sammamish City Council approved hiring former Deputy City Manager Pete Butkus as a consultant.

Two of the city’s department heads have been named city manager of different cities in recent months – Mike Sauerwien in Medina and Kamuron Gurol in Burien.

Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici said he’s beginning the search for their replacements, but there will be a lag with no one filling those positions.

Yazici said he would need some help working through some of the complex issues the city will be taking on, but he doesn’t want to feel pressured to fill the positions.

“I don’t want to rush the search process,” Yazici said.

In particular, Butkus will help with the comprehensive plan rewrite, Klahanie issues, Town Center planning, homeless camps, a cable franchise agreement, marijuana issues and more.

Butkus will be hired for a four-month term at a rate of $100 per hour. He will not receive benefits. The maximum he will receive under the contract is $58,000.

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