Snoqualmie City Council names Rick Rudometkin permanent city administrator

On June 8th, the Snoqualmie City Council approved the hiring of Rick J. Rudometkin as its permanent City Administrator. He has served as the interim city administrator since January 3, 2020 when Bob Larson left to head the city of Gig Harbor.

According to a city news releases. Rudometkin’s role in Snoqualmie started with a major January snowstorm, followed by February flooding, and is now managing the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This has been a very interesting and rewarding start for a new job,” said Rudometkin. “I’ve had the opportunity to dive into the thick of city operations during three crises, allowing me to quickly become a member of a great team of city employees. I have the challenge of leading in the new ‘abnormal’ and it has taught all of us new methods for serving our wonderful community. I look forward to a long tenure here in Snoqualmie.”

See our earlier story on the hiring of Rick Rudometkin

“I look forward to working with Rick as we move through the current crisis and beyond,” said Mayor Matt Larson. “He has proven to be a strong leader over the past six months and has gained the respect and trust of our city council and employees.” 

Rudometkin’s permanent role as Snoqualmie City administrator was approved by a vote of 6-1, with Councilmember Peggy Shepard voting no.

He has served in city and county government since 2003 in California, Colorado, and New Mexico, and was most recently employed at the City of Sammamish in 2019 for approximately 6 months. He entered into a separation agreement with Sammamish, which has gone through multiple city managers over the past four years.

Per the city news release, Rudometkin’s previous positions include County Manager for the County of Eddy in Carlsbad, New Mexico; Public Works Director for the County of Eddy; Streets Division Manager for the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Chief Administrative Officer for the County of Modoc, California. In addition, he worked for the City of Dana Point, California, and has nine years of experience working for an engineering/project management company. 

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