Transitions and new hires at the town hall of Mukilteo
MUKILTEO, Washington, July 22, 2022 – This week, City Hall welcomes two new faces, executive assistants Nick Nehring and Leslie Lavoie. Current executive assistant Lindsey Arrington, whose last day is Friday, July 22, is leaving to spend more time with her three children.
Nehring received his bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business in 2019 and served as a legislative aide to the Washington State House of Representatives for nearly two years before his new role as executive assistant to the mayor. by Mukilteo, Joe Marine.
“Mukilteo is a great community with lots of opportunities where I think my skills will come in handy,” Nehring told the Lynnwood Times. “What makes Mukilteo great are the outdoor spaces for activities and the waterfront.”
Nehring applied for the job in May and started with the City on July 18. He is a Mariners fan, loves hiking and the outdoors.
“Lindsey was phenomenal,” Nehring said. “She trained us and provided us with her contact details so that we can contact her in the future.”
Lindsey Arrington, who has served as Executive Assistant since May 2020, is truly proud of the value she has brought to the City.
“It’s been a really cool opportunity to have been able to bring my experience and skills to a government setting and to be able to intersect my passion for community service with my professional background,” Arrington told the Lynnwood Times.
For nine years, Arrington was president and founder of Hope Soldiers, a nonprofit that helps people break free from addiction and mental health issues. She has leveraged her partnerships with local government leaders, the sheriff’s office, the justice system and a career in business to help Mayors Jennifer Gregerson and Joe Marine navigate to deliver the best outcomes for Mukilteo residents.
An interesting and admirable fact about Arrington is his contribution to society. She has personally helped as many as 100 people recover from drug addiction and drug addiction and has indirectly inspired thousands to seek the path to recovery by being featured in an MTV documentary, “Prescription for Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis”, featuring Macklemore and the President. Barak Obama.
Arrington shared that understanding a mayor’s communication style is key to success as an executive assistant.
When pressed to give the scoop on working for two mayors, she shared: “Jennifer’s communication style, she could do it face to face, but she was working on her computer a lot and so the emails and texting were really effective for her and so it helped her keep track of her action items to have everything on her computer Mayor Marine, on the other hand, really wants everything face to face or verbally on the phone , and that’s how he communicates. They’re both different, but they’re both effective in their own way.
Throughout this week, Arrington trained Nehring and Lavoie in their new roles with the City. To her successors, she advises them on building relationships with staff and seeks ways to partner with City Council.
“Be someone everyone can ask for help,” Arrington said.
She leaves for a hybrid work model to spend more time with her family.
“My work-life balance and my family are my top priority and I want to be in a position that values my skills but also values my priority, being my family,” she said.
Leslie Lavoie, Mukilteo’s new executive assistant for City Manager Steve Powell, comes with 16 years of experience working for Mountlake Terrace. She served as deputy clerk and executive assistant. She also has a background in real estate and enjoys riding her bike and creating art.
She learned who’s doing what in the city, reviewed what needs to be updated on the website, and learned new terminologies.
“Coming from a city manager to a mayoral form of government, who would think there are new terms for everything,” Lavoie said.
At its regular meeting on May 16, Mukilteo City Council unanimously approved an executive assistant position for City Administrator Powell. The motion to approve the position was moved by Councilor Jason Moon and seconded by Councilor Tom Jordal.
Mayor Marine shared that he has really enjoyed working with Arrington over the past six months and looks forward to working with Nehring and Lavoie.
“I look forward to working with Nick and Leslie and I’m so glad Steve Powers has some help,” Mayor Marine told the Lynnwood Times. “As for Lindsey, I understand the opportunities moving forward and I’m very excited about her future and have really enjoyed the past six months working with her in the city.”