Mill Creek city manager placed on leave after prolonged mystery absence

City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto (KOMO News file photo)

MILL CREEK, Wash. - The mystery over Mill Creek's long-absent city manager is growing after the city council suddenly placed her on administrative leave.

On Tuesday night, the city of Mill Creek sent out a notice that City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto has been put on administrative leave for 45 days - effective immediately.

Police Chief Greg Elwin was appointed as acting city manager, and efforts are underway to have former City Manager Robert Stowe serve in an interim role during Polizzotto's absence.

Polizzotto has been a no-show at work for eight weeks, leading to numerous questions over the reason for her prolonged absence. There was even speculation about possible improprieties.

Then, nearly two weeks ago, council members held a special emergency meeting to announce that Polizzotto had been placed on medical leave, and that there were no allegations of improper conduct.

“There has been no investigation by the auditor's office of any fraud allegation, and the council had not reprimanded Ms. Polizzotto," Councilmember Brian Holtzclaw said at the time.

In Mill Creek, the city manager is appointed by the council and serves as the chief executive officer of the city. Polizzotto has been on the job since the summer of 2015. She earns a base salary of $173,825 annually.

The city of Mill Creek is located east of Lynnwood in Snohomish County.

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