Yelm City Administrator Leaving for Private Sector

By Nisqually Valley News
Posted 6/12/15

Shelly Badger, the city administrator of Yelm, is resigning after 30 years of employment with the city.

Badger put in her notice last Friday. Her final day with the city is Sept. 1.

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Yelm City Administrator Leaving for Private Sector

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Shelly Badger, the city administrator of Yelm, is resigning after 30 years of employment with the city.

Badger put in her notice last Friday. Her final day with the city is Sept. 1.

Badger is taking a new job as the corporate services manager of SCJ Alliance, a Lacey engineering and planning firm.

“They’re a very respected firm,” Badger said. “I respect them highly and I’m very excited and feel honored to go to work for them.”

SCJ Alliance President Perry Shea praised Badger in a press release sent out Wednesday evening.

“She will be a tremendous asset and addition to our leadership team and a great resource in helping shape our future plans,” Shea said. “Shelly has great energy and has used her forward-thinking leadership style for decades to successfully implement many programs, policies and projects.”

Badger said she and Mayor Ron Harding are working on a transition plan and working with department heads to ensure a smooth transition.



“It’s one of those bittersweet decisions you make in life, but I’m very excited about the opportunity and am also feeling good,” she said.

“It is difficult to put into words how much my years with the city of Yelm have meant to me,” Badger wrote in an email announcing her departure to city staff. “I literally have grown up here, and feel blessed with the opportunities provided and experience gained. I am grateful to have been part of so many accomplishments that we have realized together and will leave feeling proud that I had a role in making Yelm a better place.   

“Most memorable will be the amazing people I have been able to work with and call my peers … my city family. Leaving all of you will be the hardest and frankly was the most challenging aspect of my decision.

“However,” she continued,  “it is time for me to open a new chapter and leaving feeling proud, happy and ready to contribute in other ways.”

The city administrator position is appointed by the mayor and is subject to confirmation by majority vote of the Yelm city council, “to serve at the pleasure of the mayor,” according to chapter 2.14 of the Yelm city code.

“The city at its discretion may specify additional terms and conditions of employment in a written agreement executed by the mayor and approved by the city council,” the code states.

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