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City manager happy he's staying

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

The Tacoma City Council on Tuesday unanimously chose Eric Anderson, the city manager from Des Moines, Iowa, to take the reins in Tacoma instead of Federal Way city manager David Moseley.

Moseley was one of the two finalists not chosen for the position –– the other was Gary Jackson, former city manager of Fort Worth, Texas –– and while he said he was disappointed he wasn't selected, he clarified he's not disappointed to continue working for Federal Way.

"I like what I'm doing here," he said. "We have a great City Council and interesting projects."

During an interview when Moseley and the other candidates were sitting in executive session with the Tacoma council, Moseley said he responded to one of the questions by saying, "'I've got a good job, a good council, good projects.' One of the other candidates asked, "'Then why are you applying?'" Moseley recalled, laughing. "Well, the challenge was why I applied, but I'm very fortunate I was in a situation where it was a win-win."

Councilman Jim Ferrell said he was pulling for Moseley, but not without some reservations.

"I really wanted him to get what he wanted. It would have been a great opportunity for him," Ferrell said, but added, "It really was a matter of what do we do if he gets it? That's a big deal."

Mayor Dean McColgan agreed.

"It would have been tough to fill his shoes," McÇolgan said. "He's been a fantastic city manager the last five years."

Now that Tacoma is moving forward with Anderson, Moseley said he'll continue putting his energy into projects that are still developing. Last week, the City Council approved his performance goals for the year, which include the community center project that's nearing construction, the Han Woo-Ri Festival concluding this weekend, a city-center market study, economic development initiatives, the supplemental budget, the wireless Internet project and general organizational management.

McColgan said he's glad Moseley will remain in Federal Way. He referred to big steps the city's taken since Moseley was hired in 2000: The Pacific Highway South road improvements, the Sound Transit garage and transit center downtown, the City Hall move and the community center project, as well as overcoming a budget gap last year.

"He's been a terrific city manager," McColgan said. "He's seen us through the ups and downs of our growing pains."

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

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