'There seems to be a breakdown in Edmonds right now': Edmonds Parks Director Carrie Hite resigns

Accepts job with City of Redmond
Jun 20, 2019
Courtesy of: City of Edmonds Carrie Hite

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling has announced that Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite has resigned. Her last day on the job is July 19.

Hite has accepted a similar position with the City of Redmond, where she will also serve as director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

In her resignation note to the mayor, dated June 17, Hite said:

“There seems to be a lot of uncertainty and instability in Edmonds. I know this often happens with the ebb and flow of politics, and I certainly understand and am prepared for that in my role as a municipal leader.

“This particular time in the political environment in Edmonds seems different to me. The relationship the council has with the administration has been impactful to staff, City processes and policies. It is difficult to navigate this and feel a sense of teamwork and security.

“A city (both mayor and council) is efficient, functional and stable when it has good, robust conversations with each other and with the community, and adopts solid policies and plans that are vetted and are used to guide work.

“Then, together as a team, we all follow these plans and
 policies. There seems to be a breakdown in Edmonds right now. It is possible that this will improve after the coming election, but there are a lot of unknowns. “

"It's certainly not without a heavy heart that I must share the news of Carrie's resignation," Earling said.

"Carrie has been a veritable force of nature in her unwavering and persistent pursuit of major parks improvements for our community over her eight years as parks director."

During Hite’s tenure, she had the following accomplishments:

  • Completion of Hazel Miller Plaza, Dayton Street Plaza, and Veterans Plaza,
  • Revitalization of City Park, including the new kids' spray pad,
  • Financing plan for bringing athletic fields to Woodway and Meadowdale High Schools

Hite also oversaw completion of three major master-planning projects:

  • Civic Park Master Plan and its funding
  • Marina Beach Master Plan, including the associated plan for daylighting Willow Creek as a chief component of restoration of the Edmonds Marsh
  • Redevelopment of the beach and public access associated with the soon-to-begin Waterfront Center project
  • Securing over $15 million in grants funds for these and other parks projects

In addition to providing leadership on major parks improvements for the City, Hite also served as acting Human Resources director for five years before Mary Ann Hardie took the helm of that department.

Hardie's last day as Human Resources director is June 20.

While many reasons, including a new set of professional growth opportunities and challenges, figure in her reason to leave Edmonds, Hite said, "I have thoroughly enjoyed my professional path in Edmonds. I grew up here, and Edmonds has a special place in my heart."

Said Earling: "The entire City of Edmonds staff, in particular her fellow directors and I, will certainly miss Carrie, yet we wish her all the best in her new endeavors. And watch out, Redmond – you better be ready for action with Carrie on the job!"

 

 

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