Interim city manager takes helm in Valdez
Robert Jean of Washington takes the helm at city hall this week
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Robert Jean, the new interim city manager.
The new interim city manager made a quiet debut in Valdez Monday.
With a warm handshake and friendly smile, Jean circulated through the city council chambers Monday night before taking a seat in the audience normally occupied by city department heads.
Jean, who currently resides in University Place, Washington, brings over thirty years of administrative and management experience to Valdez according to his lengthy resume. His background includes stints as city manager and interim city manager of numerous municipalities along the west coast, especially Washington State.
The Valdez City Council approved a six-month contract with Jean during its regular meeting two weeks ago.
The city is looking for a permanent city manager and has hired the executive search firm, Slavin Management Consultants, to aid in the process and have hired Jean to oversee city operations in the meantime.
He will have his work cut out for him.
The city is currently caught up in numerous big-ticket projects, including the new harbor construction, multi-million dollar beautification planning and ongoing deferred maintenance projects that are in full steam during the brief building season among dozens of other projects that are in critical planning stages or in the actual construction stage.
It is expected that Jean will keep tabs on the construction projects and other city functions while current city department heads continue to oversee day-to-day functions. Acting city manager Todd Wegner will return to his regular job as assistant city manager.
Jean will be paid $ 92,590 for six months of service. The pay is based on the salary paid to former city manager John Hozey, plus the cash equivalent of his benefit package, including health insurance, pension contributions, and other perks, including travel costs. The contract also includes city-paid housing and the use of a city vehicle.
The contract prohibits a severance package for Jean if he resigns early.
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The new interim city manager, Robert Jean, introduced himself from the audience Monday during the regular city council meeting.
Jean's resume says he has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara.
His personal interests include photography, golf and sailing.
He is an army veteran, having served as First Lieutenant, Infantry, from January 1970 to April 1972. He was awarded an Army Commendation Medal and received an honorable discharge.
His resume contains a large number of service club affiliations, including: board Member for the Redwood City Boys and Girls Club, charter member of Troutdale Jaycees and Kiwanis; member of Tigard and Puyallup Rotary, member of Redwood City International Sister City Corporation, board member Puyallup Chamber of Commerce, and Pierce County Economic Development Board, full Member of the International City Management Association.