Federal Way Community Development director will no longer lead department

Patrick Doherty - Contributed photo
Patrick Doherty
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Federal Way's longtime Community Development Director Patrick Doherty will no longer manage the department, Mayor Jim Ferrell announced to city staff in an email on Monday.

Ferrell wrote he is currently restructuring the Economic Development and Community Development departments, which will include hiring a new Economic Development director in the coming weeks.
"As part of this restructure, Patrick Doherty will be assigned special projects involving the assessment of the Community Development Department, review of Section 108 loan requirements and an assessment of New Markets Tax Credit financing requirements, which he will be performing remotely," Ferrell wrote, noting Chief of Staff Brian Wilson will oversee Doherty's work.
Isaac Conlen is leading the Community Development Department in the meantime. It is likely the city will pursue a contract for an interim Community Development director during this time, Ferrell wrote in his email.
Doherty remains a city of Federal Way employee and will work on the special projects "for a duration yet to be determined," wrote Chris Carrel, spokesman for the city, in an email.
However, the circumstances surrounding Doherty's position is unclear, including what his new title is, why he's performing his duties remotely and how long we will be working on these special projects.
Doherty, in the meantime, is one of two finalists for a Community Services and Economic Development director position with the city of Edmonds.
He and the second finalist, Jackie Maclean former Community and Human Services director for King County, were interviewed by the Edmonds City Council on Monday, according to an article on
Doherty, who has been with the city since 2001 in various roles, could not be reached for comment.


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