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Ian Munce was in a jovial mood as as he met with old friends and City Hall cohorts before tonight’s City Council meeting. A cake and cupcakes were offered to city hall guests.

The cake said “Thank you, Ian, for your visionary leadership.” Mayor Dean Maxwell addressed the guests “I want to say how much I respect Ian and how much I have learned from him.”

At the end of this month, Munce will retire from city employment as Planning Director and City Attorney to take a planning job with the City of Tacoma. Munce became Planning Director for Anacortes 27 years ago. A few years later, he also took on the City Attorney role.

He is taking on a staff position, not a management position, he said, adding “I’m just tire of being in management.” He said he will maintain his house here and, once he’s comfortable in Tacoma, hopes to be in Anacortes three days a week.

At the start of tonight’s Council meeting, Brad Furlong was introduced as the new temporary City Attorney. He will work under contract for the next six months.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,187 Confirmed Skagit Cases
383 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

268 Hospitalizations
60 Deaths
12,313 Fully Vaccinated
35,145 Doses Given


323,839 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,500 Hospitalizations

5,032 Deaths Statewide

Updated 6 pm, March 4, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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