City manager won't fill vacancy

As the newly appointed Kennewick city manager, Marie Mosley already has a plan to cover the duties of her former job and that of the assistant city manager, Kevin Ferguson, who will retire in May.

Mosley had been director of support services and finance director for seven years, but she doesn't plan to fill that vacancy or even keep it.

Christina Palmer, who was Mosley's assistant director in support services, is taking over project management and duties associated with records and the city's website. She already had been overseeing information systems and was responsible for the city's fleet of vehicles and purchasing.

And Dan Legard, who was finance manager under Mosley, will become finance director.

Realigning those duties will make it unnecessary to hire someone for Mosley's previous responsibilities as director of support services.

Although Ferguson's retirement as assistant city manager officially hasn't been announced, he said he plans to leave the city in May after 30 years of service.

"As Kevin transitions into retirement, we've looked at incorporating his duties into other positions," Mosley said.

For example, Palmer will assume Ferguson's role in shepherding the Community Development Block Grant program, she said.

Ferguson, who began his career in 1981, said he is ready to retire after spending 30 years in public employment, all of it with the city of Kennewick.