Prosser seeking new city administrator

Warden Tri-City Herald

The city of Prosser is looking for its first city administrator in three years.

Mayor Paul Warden has worked full time at City Hall since 2012 after the previous administrator, Charlie Bush, left for a job in the Puget Sound region. Warden is paid about $63,000 per year, he said.

When his term ends in December, Warden will retire after eight years in office and move to Texas, closer to family.

Randy Taylor, the longtime city councilman running unopposed to take the mayor’s seat starting in January, has a full-time job and wants to hire an administrator for the city of 5,800.

The council this week discussed proposals from several recruiting firms to lead the search and will pick one at the Sept. 22 regular meeting.

Officials will try to fill the administrator’s spot by Jan. 1 but may have to hire an interim administrator to buy some time, Taylor said.

City officials are still discussing details of the salary range for the incoming administrator, but they will base it on averages for similar-size cities in the state and offer bonus incentives for certain goals and criteria, such as favorable performance reviews and adherence to budgets, Taylor said.

“If you want a guy to perform a certain way, you incentivize him to do that,” Taylor said.