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Posted on: May 3, 2017

Tom Gathmann Honored With Key to the City at Retirement

Tom Gathmann with the City Council
Tom Gathmann, a long-time City of Mill Creek employee, was presented with a key to the City at the City Council meeting on May 2 in recognition of his distinguished service. Gathmann, who joined the City in November 2007, retired from the City on April 28.

“Tom has been an outstanding employee and civil servant,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. “He has been diligent in his work, and fully exemplified the City’s STAR values of service, teamwork, accountability and respect. We appreciate his service and dedication to the City, and we wish him well as he heads into this new adventure in life.”

Gathmann primarily served as the director of public works from 2007 until 2016, when he stepped into a senior project manager role in preparation for retirement. He also served as interim city manager from April through November 2012.

“In those seven months, there was much to deal with,” he recalled. “We negotiated the fire contract, as well as agreements with both City labor unions. We had to cut $650,000 from the budget, which included staffing cuts. It is a very high-pressure job with seven bosses, not something I would be interested in on a long-term basis!”

One of Gathmann’s favorite experiences during his tenure was the creation of the Veterans Monument at Library Park.

“The project was not in the adopted capital projects list,” he said. “Once Council agreed to move forward with this project driven by our citizens, it was amazing how people really came together. We received a lot of donated services. It was fun to put together, and the dedication ceremony was very emotional.”

Prior to his role at Mill Creek, Gathmann served as engineering manager at the City of Monroe, senior project manager with King County, and city engineer for 15 years with the City of Loveland, Colo. He lives in Monroe with his wife of 40 years.

Gathmann is planning to stay active in retirement, noting that “my honey-do list for home improvements is longer than my arm.”
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