REDMOND, OR -- The city of Redmond is searching for a Deputy City Manager to oversee Community Development and other growth-related issues.
City Manager Keith Witcosky says years ago Redmond had two Assistant City Managers, similar to Bend’s staffing structure. But about five years ago, those positions dissolved. "There’s about 11 people that report to me directly, which is not efficient at all." He tells KBND News, "It’s inefficient for my time; it keeps me at a micro-level, at times, that I shouldn’t be at. And I need to focus on – in this case, I’ll be focusing on police, the airport, city finances. It’ll give this person a chance to focus on growth and then I can get more involved at the strategic level, which is where I should be."
The new Deputy will replace the Community Development Director position, which has been vacant for several months. "We’re not bringing on a full time FTE to make the organization top-heavy; we’ve actually been top-light for three, four, five years, which is not good either."
Witcosky says the Deputy City Manager will make between $110,000 and $135,000 a year. Applications will be accepted through May 31 and he hopes to have someone in place by fall.