Charlie Bush

City Manager
Title: City Manager
Phone: (360) 681-3440 Cell: (360) 565-6415
Charlie Bush

Meet the City Manager
Charlie Bush began serving as the City Manager in Sequim, WA on August 17, 2015.  Charlie reports to Sequim’s seven City Councilors, implements public policy created by the Council, and manages the organization. During Bush’s service to Sequim to date, the City’s accomplishments have included helping to bring the YMCA to Sequim, improving parking at Carrie Blake Park, completing the first phase of improvements to the Guy Cole Convention Center, improving the City’s financial position, successful management of the City through a wave retirements, Police Department accreditation, internal implementation of Lean process improvement practices, Tree City USA designation, full funding of the West Fir Street project, approval and implementation of a new Comprehensive Plan, development of the City’s Emergency Operations Center, and achieving world class level employee engagement within the organization.

Bush came to Sequim from the City of Issaquah, WA, where he served as Development Services Director and Deputy City Administrator. His previous experience includes serving as City Administrator in Prosser, Washington, Assistant to the City Manager and Intergovernmental Management Analyst for Bellevue, Washington, in various economic development roles for the City of Phoenix, AZ, and as a Management Intern for the City of Glendale, AZ.

Bush holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Wittenberg University. He is a graduate of an international program focused on creating the next generation of leaders in city and county management, known as Leadership ICMA (International City/County Management Association). Bush is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia, and Leadership Eastside, a community leadership program serving the Eastside of Seattle. Bush is a Credentialed Manager through ICMA, signifying his nearly 20 years of experience in city management and a commitment to continuous learning and development.

Charlie is a former President of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) and of the Municipal Research Services Center (MRSC) of Washington. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for MRSC and the Alliance for Innovation, an international organization supporting the development of innovative cultures and practices in local government. Bush also served two years on the Board of Directors for the Association of Washington Cities, representing WCMA.

He and his partner Jessica live in Sequim with their dog Shep. When not engaged in government affairs, Charlie enjoys hiking, kayaking, cycling, running, watching sports, reading, travel, video games, movies, and meditation.


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