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Moseley eyes jump to Tacoma

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

Federal Way city manager David Moseley is expected to be one of a handful of finalists for the position of city manager of Tacoma.

Individuals who spoke anonymously confirmed on Monday that Moseley has applied for the job.

Tacoma was expected to issue a news release yesterday announcing the candidates, but city spokesman Scott Huntley declined Monday to identify the names or the number of finalists until there was an official announcement.

"It's pretty tight-lipped until" Tuesday, he said.

Moseley also declined to comment.

"I don't have anything to say about that," he answered when asked Monday if he's in the running for the Tacoma job.

The Tacoma City Council was expected to discuss the city manager finalists during its regular meeting last night following the announcement.

Tacoma will hold several public events to allow citizens to meet the candidates.

Tacoma is the largest city in the state with a city manager and council form of government. The two largest cities in Washington, Seattle and Spokane, both are governed by an elected mayor and a council.

Jim Walton was appointed city manager of Tacoma in July 2003, when his predecessor, Ray Corpuz Jr., was relieved of his duties following the David Brame scandal. In April 2003, Brame, the Tacoma Police chief, shot his wife, Crystal, and then himself in a Gig Harbor parking lot while their children waited nearby. Crystal Brame had filed for divorce, alleging years of physical and emotional abuse at David Brame's hand.

Corpuz was placed on paid administrative leave in the aftermath of the incident. According to an investigation, he promoted Brame to chief even though warning signs indicated he wasn't fit for the job.

Walton was not brought on as an interim city manager, but several on the City Council believed he wouldn't be city manager for an extended period of time.

"When he was appointed, he was a couple years within retirement," Huntley said.

Moseley has been Federal Way's city manager since 1999, coming here from a similar position in Ellensburg. In January this year, the City Council set his 2005 base salary at $117,605, including $9,973 in performance pay. Several council members said his performance pay was justified, despite controversy over problems with the budget for the new community center. The council learned last October the project was $6 million over budget because some costs, including state sales tax on construction materials, had been overlooked. The overrun has since been resolved.

"He has excelled at many of the things we have put before him," Councilman Eric Faison said of Moseley in January.

Staff writer Erica Hall: 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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