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From: Maureen A. Kenney, Community Relations Specialist, Water Environment Services 10-16-14

Clackamas County

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Interim director of Clackamas County Water Environment Services to step down Nov. 30

Clackamas County’s current interim director for the Department of Water Environment Services (WES), Michael Read, will step down effective Nov. 30.

Improvements made under Read’s leadership include the implementation of purchasing checklists for WES managers as well as the appointment of dedicated WES purchasing staff. Read collaborated with the WES team and county leadership to work toward reorganizing and improving the organizational structure at WES.

County administrator Don Krupp appointed Greg Geist to replace Read as interim WES director until a permanent director is hired.

“I want to thank Michael for his leadership and stewardship during this period of transition at WES,” said Krupp. “I especially appreciate his professionalism and his steady and innovative leadership during this interim period.”

Clackamas County opened a competitive nationwide recruitment for a new WES director Oct.13. The recruitment will remain open through Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The county is seeking candidates with extensive experience in wastewater collection and treatment, storm water management, on-site sewage disposal, and water quality and stream enhancement. The county also seeks a leader that is adept at assisting citizens and businesses in creating vibrant, sustainable communities through innovative and responsive public service.

Geist is currently serving as water quality manager for WES. “Greg has been with WES since January 2013 and has 17 years of regulatory and industry experience and knowledge,” said Krupp. “I am very confident Greg will skillfully fulfill the interim director role at WES.”

Read was appointed in May to replace former director Mike Kuenzi who resigned following an independent review of past contracting practices at WES.

Several steps were taken to address the review’s findings and re-affirm the county’s commitment to sound stewardship of public dollars, including the following:

For more information please contact Tim Heider at (503) 742-5911 or theider@clackamas.us.

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