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CP mayor submits resignation

College Place Mayor Harvey Crowder. Photo courtesy of city of College Place.

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The City of College Place has announced that Mayor Harvey Crowder has submitted his resignation.

Crowder, who was appointed unanimously by the College Place City Council to fill the vacant mayor position in June 2016, will be leaving August 7.

Prior to being appointed as mayor, he was the Walla Walla County Public Health Administrator and Director for Community Health from 2005 to his retirement in May of 2016.

He is a 1973 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and earned a Master of Science degree from Ohio State University in 1977 and is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel.

The City of College Place is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as mayor with a term expiring on December 31, 2021. Those interested in this position can apply by sending a letter of interest, a resume and completed questionnaire to the City of College Place, Attn: Lisa Neissl, City Clerk, 625 S College Ave, College Place, WA 99324. Or by email at and questionnaires are available here, or at City Hall. Please submit the required information (letter, resume & questionnaire) no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9.

Crowder released the following statement to KTEL News regarding his resignation:

“My wife and I have been looking to downsize for several years, too much house and way too much yard; we have not been able to find what we were looking for in the valley.  We did find a home in the Tri-cities and have made an offer there and will close on August 16.  We put our home on the market here and got an offer on the first day and will close on that on the 16th as well.  It has been an honor and privilege to serve the community since 2005, first at the County in public health and human services and since June 2016 as the Mayor of College Place. The City is doing well.  It is well lead and managed by Mike Rizzitiello and has a superior staff supporting City operations.  There’s a strong commitment for community engagement and support from our City Council and our citizens and institutions.  I leave College Place and the valley with very fond memories.”

City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello also commented on Crowder’s resignation by issuing this statement:

“Harvey (Crowder) is a great mentor and friend to staff, residents, and many across City of College Place/Walla Walla Valley. He exemplifies public service with his long career in the military, community health, and mayor. Thanks to his leadership College Place is a great place to live, work, and play. It is with sad hearts that we prepare to say goodbye to him. We thank him for his leadership and service to the City.”




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