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City of Lynnwood Selects New Human Resources Director

Evan Chinn to oversee the Human Resources Department


City of Lynnwood Selects New Human Resources Director
Evan Chinn to oversee the Human Resources Department

LYNNWOOD, WA (December 11, 2018) - On Monday, December 10, the Lynnwood City Council unanimously approved Mayor Nicola Smith's appointment of Evan Chinn to serve as the City's new Director of Human Resources.


Mayor Nicola Smith (far right), Council President Benjamin Goodwin (far left) and the Lynnwood City Council welcome new HR Director Evan Chinn and his wife Katie. 

"Director Chinn has the technical experience and the leadership skills to lead our Human Resources Department," said Mayor Nicola Smith. "I'm confident that Evan will be an excellent addition to my leadership team and help our City improve our operational excellence with a keen focus on equity and social justice practices."

Director Chinn comes to the City of Lynnwood with extensive Human Resources experience. He has spent the last ten years of his career with the City of Seattle, first as the HR Director for the Seattle Department of Transportation and most recently serving as the Administration Division Director for the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. 

"I'm looking forward to recruiting, engaging and developing our city employees to be leaders who are dedicated to serve the residents and visitors of Lynnwood," said Director Chinn. "Our employees play a critical role in building Lynnwood's future."  

Director Chinn holds a Law Degree from the University of Washington School of Law and an Undergraduate Degree in Spanish, also from the University of Washington. He is an active member of the Washington State Bar and has an extensive background in labor and employment law. Director Chinn is married to his wife Katie, and they have a son, daughter-in-law and a grandson living locally. 

About City of Lynnwood

Incorporated in 1959, Lynnwood is the economic hub of South Snohomish County. Situated at the convergence of interstates I- 5 and I-405, Lynnwood’s accessibility, variety of housing and employment options, colleges and outstanding park system attract a wide variety of businesses and residents. For its diverse population of more than 36,000, Lynnwood is a great place to live, work and play. Lynnwood Moving Forward: Our Community Vision – the City will be a regional model for a sustainable, vibrant community with engaged citizens and accountable government. Lynnwood is…a great deal more!


Julie Moore, Public Affairs Officer

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