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Sammamish’s Interim City Manager, Larry Patterson, has only been with the city eight months, but his career in public service spans more than 40 years. In that time Patterson has been involved in the management of nine cities in Texas, Oregon and Washington, and acted as a consultant /interim city manager for several others.
During his brief tenure in Sammamish, Patterson’s experience and skills as a manager and leader helped shepherd the City through a number of issues including the ransomware attack that affected its computer network, the area’s worst snowstorms in more than a decade, questions about traffic concurrency, and code changes. All while answering to a City Council that is often divided.
On Thursday, April 18, Patterson was the featured speaker at the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon. In his talk, entitled “Home Towns are Home Grown,” Patterson emphasized the need for city leaders, the business community, and all community members to work together for success.
“It’s easy…to look at the challenges before us and kick them down the road,” Patterson told the audience of about 45 Chamber members and guests. “Being in business you all know that it takes hard work to find success. It’s the same thing with a city…we all need to work together to help it succeed. And we cannot shirk from the debate; we must be involved, and we cannot allow the negative voices to rule the day.”
Patterson also addressed some of the characteristics of successful cities, and then had the audience participate in a live anonymous poll to rate Sammamish’s livability based on ten broad questions designed to measure residents’ feelings about neighborhood characteristics.
After the results of the poll were revealed, Patterson facilitated a lively discussion among the audience members about the results and what they may indicate. A total of 38 attendees provided responses to the poll; the results are below.
How Would You Rate Sammamish in Terms of:
Patterson is now wrapping up his duties as Interim City Manager; his last City Council meeting was April 16, and his last day with the City will be April 26. The City Council recently approved a contract with Rick Rudometkin to be Sammamish’s new City Manager. Rudometkin will start at City Hall on May 16.
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