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City manager announces staff reorganization

At last Thursday's Sunnyside City Council retreat at Whistlin' Jack Lodge, Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell announced some reorganization of staff within city hall.

One of the major changes has to do with the duties of Assistant City Manager/City Attorney Mark Kunkler. Kunkler will now be overseeing the city's planning department while continuing to act as legal counsel for the city. The head position in the planning department has been vacant since early this year. Kunkler will directly oversee city engineer Jim Bridges, building official Mike Storms and code enforcement officer Bill Eikenbary. Stockwell also said with the money used by not replacing the head of the planning department, the city will hire a full-time planner and clerical support staff.

Another significant shift in staffing will be taking place in the city finance department. Two staff members who currently fall under the oversight of Finance Director Bud Schatz will now work directly under Stockwell. Deputy City Clerk Judie Essary and Finance Assistant Terri Rhode will now work directly under Stockwell in the administration of city business. Rhode will have a new title for her position that of human resource analyst. Rhode will be directly involved with labor issues for the city.

Another major change is in the public works department. Stockwell reinstituted the position of public works director. Current Public Works Superintendent Ken Ott will assume the new position. Ott will be in charge of all areas from street maintaince to water department issues that fall under the direction of the public works department.

Stockwell will also be directly in charge of labor relations for the city, taking that responsibility over from Kunkler.

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