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Search for new city manager underway

The Sunnyside City Council has finished coming up with the job description for hiring a new city manager, and is in the initial steps of advertising for the open spot.

Sunnyside is looking to hire a new city manager after Dave Fonfara left the community to take a similar position in the City of Chelan. Fonfara's last day of work in Sunnyside was Thursday, Jan. 8. Assistant City Manager/City Attorney Mark Kunkler was appointed interim city manager following Fonfara's resignation.

Deputy City Clerk Judie Essary said the city manager position is being advertised in The Daily Sun News, The Seattle Times, The Spokesman Review, the Association of Washington Cities website and Jobs Available, a government job posting website.

The job announcement states the City of Sunnyside is a community of 14,300 residents with a $21 million annual budget. The announcement also says the city has 96 full-time employees.

Salary and benefits will be negotiable, depending on the qualifications and experience. The city is offering a salary for the position in the range of $80-$90,000. An extendible employment contract will be negotiated between the successful applicant for the city manager position and the Sunnyside City Council.

The successful applicant, according to the job announcement, will possess exceptional skills in the areas of public relations, labor/staff relations, council/manager relations, outside agency relations, and skills in finance and budgeting. Qualified applicants will also possess a Bachelor's or Master's degree in public administration, business administration or a related field. Applicants are also asked to have a minimum of five years recent experience in administration of a similarly sized organization.

Applicants are also asked to possess skills in the use of personal and laptop computers.

The job announcement also details how the city manager is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the city and the delegation of responsibility to the six different department heads. The job announcement also states how the six department heads report to the city manager, who in return answers to the City Council.

All applicants must submit a complete City of Sunnyside employment application, resume, cover letter, five professional references and a salary history.

All applications must be submitted to Sunnyside City Hall by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.

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