City’s Community Planning and Development director announces departure

Evan Maxim has worked on Mercer Island since 2016.

The director of Mercer Island’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is stepping down.

Evan Maxim announced this week that his last day with the city of Mercer Island will be Aug. 5. City Engineer Patrick Yamashita will act as Maxim’s replacement in the meantime until the city permanently refills the role.

Maxim has accepted a Community and Economic Development Director position with the city of SeaTac. Maxim had worked with Mercer Island for the last four years. Beforehand, he was part of Sammamish’s Community Development Department.

“This is a very exciting transition for Evan and we’re all grateful for his service to the Mercer Island community,” said City Manager Jessi Bon in a city release.

In the release, Maxim discussed his experiences working on Mercer Island and what he’s looking forward to about his new job.

“Mercer Island has been a great organization to work with; I miss collaborating with all of the city staff, and in particular my colleagues in CPD,” he said in the release. “Without exception, the CPD staff are dedicated, smart, hard-working individuals who seek to improve the quality of life on Mercer Island. This new position represents a great opportunity for me. The population of SeaTac is diverse and the circumstances facing the SeaTac community are both new and interesting. I look forward to this next step in my career.”


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