City manager’s proposal
Avondale Estates’ longtime Financial Director Ken Turner, who joined the city in 2008, worked his last day Friday as a full-time employee. But City Manager Patrick Bryant has proposed Turner remain for at least two more months as a consultant.
In a staff restructuring announced Nov. 7, Bryant promoted Turner to Deputy City Manager/Finance Director — whose duties also include supervising the police department and court officers — while City Planner Keri Stevens was elevated to assistant city manager.
But Turner, 69, decided last week to retire from full-time work, and Bryant is faced with hiring an assistant planner and deputy manager/finance officer. He hopes to have both jobs filled by mid-January.
The city commission will likely approve the consultant arrangement during its next regular meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Avondale City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza.
“Ken will perform the exact functions that he does now,” Bryant said. “But then we hope he can stay on a little while longer after the new [deputy arrives] and help with the transition.”