City Administrator candidates to be interviewed
September 8, Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) rep. on the interview committee

* Yelm Business Association (YBA) asked to sent community rep. for the interview panel
* The YBA Board chose Yelm Blogger Steve Klein to serve on the panel
* Klein is a YBA founding Board member and Secretary

– “Yelm Interviewing Candidates for City Admin.”
“The [city administrator] candidates are: Melissa Evans, the senior economic development specialist for the city of Las Vegas; Tom Kadla, the chief administrative officer for the Municipality of Lumby, British Columbia; and Adam Lincoln, the assistant city manager in Lakewood.

The community is invited to…the interviews, which are open to the public, will be conducted Wednesday at both the Public Safety Building on McKenzie Avenue and at the Yelm Community Center starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until noon. One candidate will receive a tour of the city while the other two are being interviewed, then all three will rotate.”

“The interviews will be conducted by panels of eight made up of three city council members, three city department heads and members of the community, Interim City Administrator Bill Brandon said. The members of the community are selected by Foster. Steve Klein, former events coordinator and spokesman for Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment and representative of the Yelm Business Association, will be on one of the panels, Brandon said. The other positions have yet to be announced,’ quoting Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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The Yelm Business Association Board supports City Councilor Joe Depinto for Yelm Interim Mayor.

The Yelm Business Association Board of Directors supports City Councilor and Candidate Joe DePinto as interim mayor of the city of Yelm. Councilor DePinto was raised in Yelm and is intimately familiar with the facets of our community, especially the history, challenges, and opportunities. Joe is uniquely qualified to be Mayor of Yelm because of his wealth of experience as a Political Science degree-holder and in serving as executive legislative assistant to state Rep. Paul Harris (R-Vancouver, minority whip) at the Statehouse in Olympia. DePinto's vast knowledge of conducting government processes and procedures is an asset for Yelm, as our city moves into the future and will bring on a new City Administrator and new staff in Public Works, Public Safety (police officers) and Community Development. DePinto's talents are required during this transition time, with so many long-serving city employees having left in promotions or retired. Yelm voters overwhelmingly chose new councilors last Fall over three incumbent public officials, indicative of wanting a new direction, rather than support for leaders and policies of the past. Yelm is embracing change into the future and the Yelm City Council needs a new vision in leadership, as well.

We support DePinto to be interim mayor during this critical time, prior to the next public vote for mayor in November 2017.