County, Rose ink deal on administrator job


County reporter

Another cornerstone will be in place in the remodel of San Juan County government at the end of July.

The County Council last week approved a contract with Donald "Pete" Rose, who's tenure as county administrator is expected to begin July 24. Under the contract, Rose will earn an annual salary of $125,000 and have full benefits and two weeks vacation; $5,000 in moving expenses are also part of the package.

Currently city manager of Woodinville, Wash., Rose was one of four finalists vying for the job, which was created by the Home Rule charter. He was selected by the council on June 8 as the candidate best-suited to oversee the day-to-day operations of county government.

Rose will replace Administrator Pro-Tem David Goldsmith, who was hired to oversee day-to-day operations during the initial stage of transition to the charter-form of government and until a "permanent" administrator came onboard.

Now in his eighth year with Woodinville, Rose supervises seven departments, 64 full-time employees and a $9.5 million annual operating budget. He answers to a council of seven elected officials. Woodinville, located in King County, covers six square miles and has a population of 9,500.

On June 8, The council picked Rose as the person best-suited to manage the day-to-day business of county government following interviews behind-closed-doors with the final four candidates. He edged-out runner-up Mark Weinstein, former administrator of Inglewood, Calif., for the job.

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