Blaine city manager resigns, takes up new post in Island County

Blaine, Washington. – Today, Wednesday, June 1, Blaine Mayor Michael Jones resigned, according to a Blaine city press release.

According to the press release, Jones will take the position Island County County Administrator. Jones said in an email to Whatcom News that the county administrator is a new post for Island County, and he looks forward to working with Island County Commissioners to “define that role.”

For the past 15 years, Jones has held the positions of Director of Community Development and, most recently, Blaine City Manager after being hired in 2007 as a Licensing Manager.

A press release said the city would begin searching for a new mayor “soon,” and “the city council is likely to use a staffing firm to conduct a nationwide search for the next mayor.”

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Blaine acts under advisory-managerial form of government where the mayor is appointed by the council along with the mayor. The city manager is responsible for providing policy advice, managing the day-to-day operations of the city government, personnel functions, including hiring and firing employees, and is responsible for preparing the city budget. According to Washington Center for Research and Services (MRSC), “Although it is not as common as the mayor’s council form, the vast majority of cities that have included or successfully changed the form of government since 1970 have adopted a board-manager system.”

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