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City Council unanimously votes for Morley to step into the position beginning Feb. 1.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF FAIRVIEW - Philip MorleyFairview leadership have unanimously selected their next city manager after a national search to fill the top seat at City Hall.

Friday afternoon, Jan. 7, councilors voted 7-0 to appoint Philip Morley as the city manager. He was chosen after an extensive search, a public forum, and a slew of interviews with folks throughout city hall. The three other finalists were Julia Hajduk, Kevin Cronin and Eric Underwood.

Morley is expected to begin as city manager on Feb. 1. He will oversee 26 employees, an annual budget of $30.2 million and services for a community that just surpassed 10,000 residents.

The position opened up after the retirement of Nolan Young, a long-time municipal leader who served in Fairview since 2016.

Morley, a 17-year veteran of local government management, joins Fairview at a critical time. The city is nearing completion on a rebranding; is set to open its first food cart pod with a Guinness World Record-setting fork statue; has plans for major urban renewal projects, including a roundabout that will serve as a gateway from Interstate 84; and is working in concert with its neighboring cities to remake Halsey Street into a pedestrian-friendly "Main Street."

The city is also discussing how to entice more businesses, provide resources and support to homeless residents and bolster community safety.

Morley most recently was the county administrator for Jefferson County, Washington. Previously he served as assistant city manager for Maple Valley, Washington; assistant general manager for Alderwood Water & Wastewater District in Lynwood, Washington; executive management analyst for Snohomish County Executive Office in Everett, Washington; and project specialist at Snohomish County Solid Waste Management Division.

He has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University.

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