City Manager Search

The Burien City Council is hiring a new city manager for Burien. After five years of service to the Burien community, Brian J. Wilson announced his resignation last December. Carolyn Hope, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director, was appointed interim city manager effective January 16, 2022.

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

The City Council hired GovHR USA to facilitate the recruitment process.  

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Updated May 18, 2022

Project Contact


Cathy Schrock

Administrative Services Director

 [email protected]

Upcoming Events


City Council Study Session

 Monday, May 23, 7 p.m., Virtual Meeting/Council Chambers (Hybrid Meeting)

City Manager recruitment update. City Councilmembers will receive electronic books of candidates for first review. Public comment available.

City Council Regular Business Meeting

 Monday, June 6, 7 p.m., Virtual Meeting/Council Chambers (Hybrid Meeting)

Candidates selected for interviews.

Meet the Candidates Open House

 Thursday, June 9, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Burien Community Center

Community is invited to meet candidates and provide feedback.

City Council Interviews with Candidates - Round 1

 Friday, June 10, 8 a.m.2 p.m., Virtual Meeting/Council Chambers (Hybrid Meeting)

Community is invited to meet candidates and provide feedback.

City Council Interviews with Candidates - Round 2

 Monday, June 13, 8 a.m.2 p.m., Virtual Meeting/Council Chambers (Hybrid Meeting)

Community is invited to meet candidates and provide feedback.