A new airport manager was hired, the resignation
from Engineering and Zoning Director Hayley Ruland was
accepted, and Samantha Harnack is the new Travel and Tourism
Commission Ambassador in August for the Town of Pinedale.
Staffing changes were announced at the Aug. 26 council meeting.
Mayor Matt Murdock and council members Judi Boyce, Dean
Loftus, John Paravicini and Tyler Swafford were in attendance.
Director of engineering and zoning
Murdock announced he had received a resignation from Ruland,
who is going to work for Jorgensen & Associates.
Lora Hittle, a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission,
asked about the future hierarchy of the commission. There
were two vacancies on the five-person board, including the chairman’s
seat formerly filled by Darrel1 Walker and Nylla Kunard,
who is not eligible for reappointment after already serving two
terms. Boyce was already approved at the Aug. 12 council meeting
to fill Kunard’s seat effective Sept. 1.
Ruland typically assists the commission, calling meetings and
taking minutes. Her last day was Thursday, Aug. 29, and the next
Planning and Zoning Commission meeting was tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday, Sept. 3, at noon. However, it was canceled and
the next meeting will be Oct. 7. The new town liaison to the board
will be Spencer Hartman.
Murdock said those personnel issues were scheduled for an
executive session at the end of the meeting.
Following the closed executive session, the council went back
into open session and approved a motion to advertise for a “Director
of Public Works.”
Travel and Tourism Ambassador
Harnack, a part-time ambassador with the Pinedale Travel and
Tourism Commission, began Aug. 2, replacing Heidi Boehm. In
the past, the position was shared with a part-time receptionist
position in the town hall. The need to answer phones in town
hall and to help at the visitors center, created conflict with time
management and restricted needed public contact with the community.
To reach Harnack, contact [email protected] or
Airport Manager Jim Parker announced his retirement earlier
in the year and the council budgeted to hire a new airport manager
with a couple months of overlap for some training. Jason Hart
from Illinois will start Oct. 1, according to Parker. He said the
new manager will attend an upcoming state conference in order
to meet some of the employees with the state of Wyoming and the
Federal Aviation Administration.
Parker said Hart was one of 19 applicants. Seven were selected
for a web-based interview. Five actually completed the interviews
and three visited Pinedale before Hart was hired.