Bobkiewicz withdraws from Tacoma city manager consideration


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City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz speaks at a City Council meeting. Bobkiewicz said in a statement released Saturday that he is withdrawing his name from consideration for a city manager’s position in Tacoma, Washington.

Nora Shelly, Print Managing Editor

City manager Wally Bobkiewicz withdrew his name from consideration for a city manager’s position in Tacoma, Washington, according to a statement released Saturday.

Bobkiewicz said in the statement that the Tacoma position was “attractive,” partially because he has family in the area, but that he is “not yet ready to leave Evanston.”

Tacoma has been looking for a replacement since February, when its manager left for another position, according to a news release from the city. Bobkiewicz, who has been Evanston’s city manager since 2009, was one of several finalists. On Saturday, Tacoma’s city council postponed the decision until May 16, and added another candidate, the acting city manager, to the race.

Bobkiewicz said in the statement he was not planning on applying for any other city manager positions in the near future.

“This experience has reaffirmed my commitment to the City of Evanston,” he said. “Evanston is still where our hearts and my professional passions live.”

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