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City Manager's Office



Ben Yazici
City Manager
(425) 295-0550

Lyman Howard
Deputy City Manager
(425) 295-0552

Pete Butkus
Special Assistant to the City Manager
(425) 295-0520

Tim Larson
Communications Manager
(425) 295-0555

Lola Nelson-Mills
Executive Assistant
(425) 295-0550

The City Manager is selected by the City Council to serve as the professional administrator of the city of Sammamish and is responsible for coordinating or directing all city operations, projects and programs and administering all policies and laws adopted by the Council. The City Manager oversees the preparation and administration of the city budget, develops strong intergovernmental relations, keeps the Council apprised of the city's financial and operational status, and administers personnel including the hiring of all department and office heads. The City Manager serves as chief advisor to the City Council, makes reports and recommendations to the City Council, and ensures implementation of the City Council's policy.

City Manager Ben Yazici

Mr. Yazici was appointed City Manager January 17, 2001.  Before accepting the position, Mr. Yazici served as Interim City Manager and both Director of Public Works and Finance. With over 26 years of experience, he was formerly with the City of University Place, serving as both Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cukurova in Turkey in 1981, and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in 1988. A partial list of Mr. Yazici’s other affiliations include: Past-President of the Sammamish Rotary, Past-President of the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce, Past-President of the Washington City/County Management Association, Past-Chair and current board member of ARCH (A Regional Coalition for Housing), Past-Executive Board member of Suburban Cities Association.