The Sequim City Council completed the annual evaluation of City Manager Matthew Huish in an Executive Session meeting on April 10, 2023. The City used outside consultant David Mercier of Kenbrio, Inc., who specializes in this process, to coordinate feedback from each council member into a comprehensive performance evaluation. Mercier has historically facilitated the annual City Manager review process for the City of Sequim.
In the summary of the review, the Council commended Huish’s efforts in keeping up to date with what is happening in city government and in relevant civic organizations. They also expressed pleasure with the City Manager’s quick response to their inquiries and/or putting Council in touch with the responsible staff members.
Looking to the future, the Council requested that the City Manager proactively present them with challenges that he feels the City faces, and that he have a plan and/or direction to address them. They also requested a review of the organization and the current duties assigned to staff as their job descriptions evolve.
“We are very pleased with Matt joining our City staff,” said Mayor Tom Ferrell. “Following a couple of turbulent years with national and local issues, Matt was key to rebuilding staff and helping the City stay focused on common sense growth. Matt and I work very closely, and I am impressed with his energy and his work ethics.”
The City Council voted unanimously to approve a 5% cost of living salary adjustment, which is comparable with adjustments for other non-represented staff, effective May 1, at their May 8 meeting.