Yelm City Administrator Shelly Badger
Photo credit: City of Yelm.
Yelm City Administrator Shelly Badger, 53, formally gave notice to resign from her position on Friday, June 5 and that her last day will be Tuesday, September 1. Badger has worked for the City of Yelm for 30 years, being appointed in 1993 to City Administrator, a post she has held for 22 years. She presided over Yelm becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the county and state. As an example, when Badger was hired in 1985, Yelm’s population was approx. 1,300; the 2000 census recorded 3,289 residents; the 2010 census noted 6,848; 2013 estimate showed 7,639; and 2015 is forecast to be near 8,000, over six-fold increase. Badger was hired in the summer of 1985 as a receptionist and advanced through several city positions, working for six mayors. She was promoted in 1988 and 1993 when the city clerk and city administrator resigned, respectively.
SCJ Alliance issued this statement about hiring Shelly Badger:
SCJ Alliance is pleased to announce the addition of Shelly Badger to our team. Shelly has been Yelm’s City Administrator since 1993. She will serve as Corporate Services Manager for SCJ, a consulting firm specializing in transportation planning and design, civil engineering and land use/environmental planning.
Shelly, who will work out of SCJ’s Lacey corporate office, will oversee the human resources, information technology and administration operations for SCJ’s five offices. “We’re delighted to have Shelly not only assist in SCJ operations, but also share her public service experience over the past 30 years in improving the quality of life for communities,” shares SCJ President Perry Shea.
“She will be a tremendous asset and addition to our leadership team and a great resource in helping shape our future plans,” says Perry. “Shelly has great energy and has used her forward-thinking leadership style for decades to successfully implement many programs, policies and projects.”
Shelly will join SCJ Alliance in September after working with the Yelm mayor and management team on a transition plan. As Administrator, she coordinates the activities of the City and provides support to elected officials and staff. Among other things, Shelly leads the City’s economic development and water resource planning efforts, represents the City on the South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI) committee and participates in the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Steering Committee.
SCJ Alliance is a nationally-recognized, award-winning company founded in 2006 as Shea Carr Jewell. Over the last nine years, SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to a dynamic team of nearly 60 employees in five locations.
The Yelm Community Blog wishes Shelly well in her new venture and commends her service to Yelm.