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Tempe names city management finalists

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Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 4:30 am

Tempe has named finalists for key leadership posts as the city moves to balance its budget with a leaner management team.

The cost-cutting effort includes merging several major departments.

The managers of those departments had to apply for the reconfigured departments, but the city also opened up the jobs to outside candidates.

The finalists are:

Public works director:

• Chris Anaradian, current Tempe development services manager

• Oliver Ncube, current Tempe water utilities manager

• Harry Wang, deputy public works director of North Las Vegas

Community development director:

• Chris Anaradian, current Tempe development services manager

• Jeff Mihelich, community director of Surprise

• Chris Salomone, current Tempe community development manager

Fire chief:

• Jeff Piechura, chief of a fire/rescue district in Tucson

• Mark Simmons, interim Tempe chief

• Jeff Stern, director of Northern Virginia Emergency Response System in Farfax, Va.

Finance and technology director:

• Bryant Enge, assistant city manager/chief financial officer in Federal Way, Wa.

• Jerry Hart, current Tempe financial services manager

• Ken Jones, current Tempe Internal Audit Manager

• Victoria Runkle, finance director in Arvada, Colo.

Community services director:

• Kathy Berzins, interim Tempe community services manager

• Donald Bessler, director of parks, open space and public facilities in Longmont, Co.

Tempe is merging eight departments into four with new directors.

The fire department remains its own unit, but fire Chief Cliff Jones's

retirement came at the same time as the reorganization.

The consolidations are expected to save $1.5

million a year as the city balances a projected $33.7 million deficit in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The finalists will participate in employee forums in the next two weeks, go before a small interview panel before the hiring decision is made by City Manager Charlie Meyer.

The new directors will be in place in mid-June.

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