Bob was the City Manager for the City of Bothell, Washington from 2005 to 2016 where he was the architect and leader of Washington State’s largest and most successful publicly-led downtown revitalization.
Under Bob’s leadership, Bothell leveraged the opportunities in public/private collaboration to create over $300 million in private investment as part of the City’s 25-year goal of $650 million in just a few years, and during the worst recession in recent history.
Before arriving in Bothell, Bob was the City Manager for the City of Mill Creek, Washington for nine years and helped lead the development of the award-winning Mill Creek Town Center in the early 2000’s.
His first downtown transformation project began with the revitalization of Downtown Dayton, Washington in the late 80’s.
The hallmark of Bob’s effort is his commitment to create well designed and environmentally sustainable places where people want to live, work, and come together to celebrate. Bob has tackled the most difficult and complex projects, achieving the redevelopment and economic dreams of several communities with his “failure is not an option” approach.
Bob is a past president of the Washington City/County Management Association (2002-2003) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University and an MBA from Seattle University.