Mayor outlines reorganization plan for Snoqualmie
October 2, 2008 · Updated 12:30 PM
SNOQUALMIE - Snoqualmie Mayor Fuzzy Fletcher has outlined a plan to reorganize the administration of the city by next year.
The plan, which was discussed at the Sept. 22 City Council meeting, includes the specifics of finding someone to fill the vacant city administrator position. The mayor's plan would also split the department of public safety into separate fire and police departments, each with its own chief. Presently, fire and police are separate divisions in the Snoqualmie Department of Public Safety, each with their own chiefs who both answer to the director of public safety. Included in the plan are job descriptions for both a fire chief and a police chief.
"This will get rid of the director of public safety position," said Fletcher.
Fletcher had been working on the plan ever since he terminated the last city administrator, Gary Armstrong, in July. Since then, Director of Public Safety Don Isley has been the interim city administrator. Under Fletcher's plan, Isley would rescind his director of public safety duties and remain the interim city administrator until he retires next August.
A 90-day, nationwide job search for a new city administrator would begin next January. By April, a list of candidates will be submitted to the City Council, who will choose their top 10. Fletcher, Isley and Human Resources Director Debra Whalawitsa will narrow the list to five or six candidates, who will come out to Snoqualmie for interviews. Those candidates will be interviewed by a team of city officials including Fletcher, Isley, Councilman Matt Larson, Parks Board member Peter Pecora, Whalawitsa, Planning Commissioner Tony Yanez and one other person. Councilman Jay Rodne has expressed interest in being on the interview team and Fletcher requested that there be an odd number of members in case a vote needs to occur.
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