City Manager Search Update

Release Date: October 21, 2022
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Update: November 2, 2022

During the City Council meeting on November 1, Council took unanimous action to begin negotiating an employment agreement with candidate Scott MacColl. Negotiations will be lead by a three-member Council subcommittee comprised of Councilmembers Karen Howe, Rituja Indapure, and Pam Stuart. Once a tentative agreement has been reached, the subcommittee will return to the full City Council for approval of the employment agreement. 

MacColl has worked in the public sector for over 20 years, primarily focused on issues at the municipal level. He originally joined the City of Sammamish as Deputy City Manager in May 2021. In April 2022, he took on the short-term role of Acting City Manager and was subsequently appointed as Interim City Manager for nine months starting in May 2022.

Before joining the City of Sammamish, MacColl owned a local government relations practice, working on behalf of cities on local and federal issues. Prior to that, he worked at the City of Shoreline as their Government Relations Manager and for the Seattle City Council on their professional policy staff. He also spent time in Olympia working in the legislature on its non-partisan professional policy committee.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Scott holds a Master's in Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and is a proud Husky.


Photo: Candidate Scott MacColl



During an executive session on October 11, 2022, the Sammamish City Council discussed the qualifications of candidates for the City of Sammamish city manager position. Six candidates were invited to attend interviews, and five candidates confirmed interest in proceeding.

The five candidates represent a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. Below is a list of the candidates, where they currently live, and their most recent employment. Please click the candidates' names to view their full resumes (please note, personal contact information has been removed). 

  • John Kross | Queen Creek, AZ | Town Manager of the Town of Queen Creek, AZ
  • Justin Martin | Lake Forest, CA | Deputy City Manager of the City of Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Kira Peters | Scottsdale, AZ | Community Services Administrator of the City of Scottsdale, AZ
  • Robert Harrison | Sammamish, WA | City Manager of the City of Yakima, WA 
  • Scott MacColl | Seattle, WA | Interim City Manager of the City of Sammamish, WA

Public Meet & Greet

Sammamish residents have an opportunity to meet and evaluate the candidates during a meet & greet event on Friday, October 28, 2022, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Sammamish City Hall. Attendees will be offered ways to provide anonymous feedback on the candidates, which will be shared with the City Council, who makes the hiring decision.

Candidate Interviews

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the candidates will be interviewed by City Council. The City Council is expected to go into executive session to discuss the candidates' qualifications immediately following the interviews from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with potential action occurring afterward in open session. The public is welcome to attend the interviews in person at City Hall or view the livestream virtually on Sammamish TV21 and the City's YouTube channel.

Update: Missed the interviews? Watch the video recording by clicking here


About the City Manager Position

The city manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and reports to the City Council. The city manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City, including hiring and supervision of all City staff; recommendation of policies, procedures, and ordinances; and the development of the City’s budget for the City Council’s consideration and approval.