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Warrenton on the hunt for a new public works director

Dunn gave notice earlier this month
By Katie Frankowicz

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 27, 2017 7:35AM

WARRENTON — Warrenton is on the hunt for a new public works director.

Jim Dunn, who held the position for just over a year, put in his notice in early September. His last day with the city was Sept. 14. City Engineer Collin Stelzig has taken over as interim public works director until the city hires a replacement.

As public works director, Dunn oversaw the city’s largest department, with 19 full-time employees. The department is responsible for collecting and treating wastewater, providing drinking water, maintaining sewer and stormwater systems as well as the city’s dikes and 10 miles of levees. The department also oversees sanitation and recycling services and maintains trails and streets.

City Manager Linda Engbretson said she is in the middle of looking over the job description and talking with staff about the qualities they desire in the next public works director.

The city is juggling multiple development projects with its small staff and Engbretson said it is important to get someone in place soon. But, she added, “I really want to make sure I do this right. … We want to make sure we get the right person.”

Though Engbretson has long been involved in the hiring process during her time with the city, this will be her first department head hire as city manager.


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