The city of Vancouver has hired a new assistant city manager to replace outgoing Deputy City Manager Dave Mercier, who is retiring early next year after six years with the city.
His successor, Lenda M. Crawford, started work May 16 and will earn a $168,000 salary this year. Her duties include oversight of human resources, internet technology and risk management, and participating in safety programming, economic development advocacy, collective bargaining, business planning and disaster preparedness.
Her role is to “foster the incorporation of the city’s mission, council direction and core values into operational activities and services,” according to the job description in recruiting documents.
Crawford, 57, most recently worked as deputy executive and executive director of Snohomish County. Her previous jobs include deputy director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, finance director of the city of Redmond and chief administrative officer of the nonprofit Thrive By Five Washington, a public-private partnership between the state, Gates, Bezos and Buffett Foundations and other nonprofits.
A certified public accountant, Crawford holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s in business administration from Regis University in Denver.
City Manager Eric Holmes said he was “delighted” to have Crawford join the city’s leadership ranks. Her diverse government leadership experience and extensive knowledge of municipal operations would be an asset to the city, he said.
“I look forward to working with Lenda as part of my executive leadership team in her new role as we continue to pursue the city’s strategic plan and vision for Vancouver,” Holmes stated in an email.