Two days before a public reception at City Hall, City Manager finalist Regan Bolli withdrew his candidacy over comments made by a Sammamish city council member on Facebook with the last week.
An email to Interim City Manager Larry Patterson from the City’s recruiter reads:
Mr. Bolli has decided to withdraw, please cancel his hotel reservation.
He saw the comments by council members on Facebook this week and researched more into the situation there. He understands that Sammamish has great challenges and the Council is divided but felt that challenges are workable if the elected officials are invested in the community and not invested in ideologies. The comments this week and some information from the research he did indicate a leaning towards investment in ideology. He has a great situation in Covington and feels it is a better choice for his family at this time.Lynelle Klein, Vice President for Operations, Colin Baenziger & Associates
While Mr. Bolli did not identify which comments made him withdraw, Sammamish Comment is aware of Facebook comments this week related to the City Manager search only from Council Member Jason Ritchie.
Ritchie questioned the process searching for a city manager and the lack of diversity of the candidates.
Sharon Gavin, the City’s Communication Manager said:
“We understand that candidates have a lot of factors to weigh when considering a job change like this, and wish Mr. Bolli and his family all the best.”