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Pacific Council votes to update organizational chart

Leanne Guier - Reporter file photo
Leanne Guier
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A trio of job descriptions fattened Pacific's municipal code this week.

On Monday, the Pacific City Council voted unanimously on Resolution 2014-157, which updates the City's organizational chart, splits the community development manager position into two new roles – public works manager and community development manager – and updates the City administrator's role.

"The job descriptions passed council," said Mayor Leanne Guier, who proposed the changes May 3 at the council retreat. "We still have to get a budget amendment passed in council in June because the positions are not yet in our budget."

Guier said she had decided to split the community development director position six months ago when the City was looking to fill the vacant post.

"What happened when I put that job description up is we had several applicants that applied but were really strong in either the community development or the public works side," Guier said.

Guier said the new arrangement should benefit the City by putting experienced people in each position: someone in the community development job who is apt at navigating bureaucratic red tape and has a background in grant writing; and someone with a more hands-on, nuts-and-bolts, public works background to be the public works manager.

"I thought that if I split them, they could get together and get some grants for some projects that we need in the city," Guier said.

The City administrator position – which is already on the books in Pacific's municipal code, Guier said – should help the mayor and City by allowing the finance director to be in charge of day-to-day operations and to oversee department heads.

"When you look at all the other cities around, whether they are strong mayor or (council manager), they all have an administrator to look over the department heads," Guier said. "The Pacific mayor job is a part-time position. This lets us have someone in the building to make decisions if I'm not able to be reached, although I am usually available, at least by phone. It's really going to give us a strong organizational flow."

The council plans to revisit the issue in June when it decides whether to pass a budget amendment to pay for the positions.

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