John Williams

Monday, the Lynden City Council will consider a two-year agreement with John Williams to become Lynden’s next city administrator. (Bill Helm/Lynden Tribune)

LYNDEN — Monday, the Lynden City Council is expected to offer a two-year contract to its next city administrator.

Former Moses Lake City Manager John Williams was selected by council on July 6 as the successor to retiring City Administrator Mike Martin.

The contract is the result of negotiations with Mayor Scott Korthuis and with city staff.

“It’s nice to have it all done with the terms agreed to,” Korthuis said Friday.

The two-year contract council is expected to offer Williams includes an annual salary of $141,743, which according to council’s July 19 agenda packet is the eighth step on the city’s 10-step salary scale.

Williams would receive annual cost of living adjustments (COLA) “consistent with those (that) all city department heads receive,” the agenda packet states.

Williams served as city manager in Moses Lake from 2015 until he resigned in 2019 when female employees had accused one of Williams’ employees of sexual harassment, discrimination, abuse of power and an overall hostile work environment.

Korthuis told council earlier this month that Williams was “caught blindsided by a public employee that was good at hiding his deeds.”

“He will be wiser and more scrupulous based on this experience,” Korthuis said the former deputy mayor of Moses Lake told him recently.

Williams was “in the process of fact finding” when he resigned his position.

Korthuis chose Williams over Rob Peterson, airport director for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

“We will be negotiating four union contracts this year,” Korthuis said. “John has relevant experience with fair results for both the unions and cities he’s been involved with.”

According to the agreement, Williams is required to live within the Lynden city limits “no later than 12 months after commencing his employment.” 

Williams is expected to join the city in mid-August, although an exact date has not yet been confirmed. 

On July 19, the Lynden City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the city annex, 205 Fourth St. A copy of council’s July 19 agenda packet is at https://www.lyndenwa.org.

The meeting is open to the public.