City man­ager’s pro­posal

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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.”

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