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Sunnyside lays groundwork for city manager hiring process

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The Lower Yakima Valley Association of Realtors held its annual awards banquet last Thursday at Sunnyside's Snipes Mountain Brewing restaurant. The award winners included (back L-R) Prudential Valley Investment Properties owner Sandra Bos - awards chairperson, DK Bain Real Estate realtor Isabel Bedolla Roos - president's award, DK Bain Real Estate realtor Bert Abrams - RPAC Plus award, and Timmermans Real Estate co-owner Melissa Dekker - co-realtor achievement award; (front L-R) Prudential Valley Investment Properties realtor Melisa Oswalt - Horizon Award, NW Farm Credit Services senior credit officer Daniel Huff - affiliate of the year award, RE/MAX First Advantage owner Tom Biehl - community service award, DK Bain Real Estate owner Kenneth Nelson - realtor of the year award, Prosser Chamber of Commerce executive director Jim Milne - citizen of the year award, DK Bain Real Estate realtor Daniel Churchill - MLS president award, and Timmermans Real Estate co-owner Tom Dekker - co-realtor achievement award.

Humility and people skills are just some of the traits the Sunnyside City Council is seeking when it goes about searching for a new city manager.

That was part of the discussion council had this past Saturday during a work session to set the groundwork for hiring a new city manager.

Other city manager priorities discussed included honesty, compassion, a focus on economic and downtown development, as well as experience in city management and writing grants.

Council decided to form a screening committee of three council members and Grandview City Administrator Scott Staples, who is assisting the city with its search.

Once candidates are identified, council is also looking to form a screening committee made up of five to seven members. The committee will include Mayor Paul Garcia, Staples, and a combination of local leaders in the Sunnyside community.

The public will also be invited to participate in the city manager selection process, as finalists for the position will attend a community reception.

Councilwoman Theresa Hancock said the reception would be an opportunity to not only meet the finalists, but for community members to submit questions.

The Sunnyside City Council will take up the city manager hiring process again during another special meeting planned for Friday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m., with the location still to be determined.

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