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By Leon Kos 

Coulee Dam would be lucky to have Wilder as mayor

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I have been following the letters Mr. Wilder has written to you and the articles written about the town of Coulee Dam issues. Because I have known Greg for almost 20 years, and he has decided to run for mayor, I felt it was important to share my experience with Greg.

As Issaquah’s city administrator, I was Greg’s immediate supervisor. He served as the city’s engineering manager and director of Public Works. The town of Coulee Dam would be very lucky to have such a gifted and extremely capable person as your mayor.

Although Greg was responsible for engineering and public works, he worked with virtually every other department in the city. Without exception he made us all better by his style, quick wit, intellect, and above all, his vision. He established and implemented city wide technology improvements and policies for the benefit of all departments.

I can tell you that he just naturally knows how to get things done. And get things done was an understatement, since Greg accomplished more as Public Works Director than all of his predecessors combined. He sees the finished product before the planners and engineers have put pen to paper! Practically every bridge, public building, park, or major development in Issaquah was influenced and benefited by his oversight and ideas.

Greg was about engaging his staff with other departments, other agencies, and most importantly the public as a managed collective focused on an objective.

Does all of this ability translate to an elected office — a mayor’s position? I think you have the rare opportunity to find out! In addition to being an attorney, I managed Issaquah for over 33 years. I’ve interfaced with many communities throughout the state and assure you that most would feel blessed by the kind of leadership and entrepreneurial spirit Mr. Wilder brings to the table.

I stake my reputation upon it and endorse his candidacy without hesitation.

Leon Kos

Issaquah city

administrator, retired, 1977-2010

 

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