New city manager takes public service oath

HOLIDAY STORYTIME FRIENDS — Sunnyside City Manager Martin Casey reads aloud from The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree by Amye Rosenberg to kids during the Children’s Peppermint Express Program at the community center on Saturday.

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HOLIDAY STORYTIME FRIENDS — Sunnyside City Manager Martin Casey reads aloud from The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree by Amye Rosenberg to kids during the Children’s Peppermint Express Program at the community center on Saturday.



— Martin Casey was sworn in as Sunnyside City Manager on Thursday and spent the weekend in welcoming the holiday season to the Lower Valley as he took part in reading a Christmas book aloud to children at the community center on Saturday afternoon.

The incoming City Manager confirmed he met with the Sunnyside Mayor Julia Hart and City Clerk Jacqueline Renteria at City Hall where he recited back the scripted oath in front of the American and Washington state flags.

“It was very solemn and very nice,” Casey said.

He takes over as the City’s top administrator on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, and reports into the office for his first day beginning Monday, Jan. 7.

He replaces Don Day, who’s last day on the job is Monday, Dec. 31.

Casey has worked for Thurston County, Wash. as the Central Services Department Director since 2013.

He continued to be busy preparing for department budget hearings with Board of County Commissioners on Monday.

Casey is looking forward to wrapping up various activities in finishing the budget year and getting ready for his eminent departure.

The newly sworn in City staff leader planned to attend, for the very first time, the 30th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

“I’m very excited about that,” Casey replied.

He was thrilled to be meeting residents and making new friends at the community center as he introduced himself to the story time circle of children and spoke with them about his new job before he read aloud the book, The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree by Amye Rosenberg.

During Monday’s, Dec. 3 City Council Workshop, a special meeting was announced for Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Law and Justice Center, 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will evaluate the current resignation letter from City Manager Don Day and potentially address appointing an acting city manager.

There was no further discussion or debate and the motion passed unanimously at the Dec. 3 meeting.



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