Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz announced a restructuring of the City’s management team effective May 14th. The intent of the restructure is to improve communication and coordination amongst ten city departments. No new positions were added to implement the plan. The restructure reduces the number of managers reporting directly to the City Manager from eleven to six.
The former Director of Finance and Systems position was reclassified as Assistant City Manager for Finance and Administration, and will have responsibility for Finance, Information Systems, Human Resources, and General Services.
The Community Development Director position was reclassified as Assistant City Manager for Development, and will have responsibility for Community Development, Public Works, Economic Development, and Parks and Recreation.
Neiditz announced the following appointments:
Mr. Choi Halladay, age 39, currently resides in Wenatchee and will be the new Assistant City Manager for Finance and Administration. Halladay has served on Wenatchee Valley College staff for over 10 years in a variety of positions: Vice President of Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Interim Vice President of Instruction, and Director of Technology. The college has an overall budget of $40 million with 300 employees. Halladay was born in South Korea and raised in Tacoma by adoptive parents. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master’s in economics from the University of Iowa. He and his wife Chris have two children, son Alex and daughter Emily.
Mr. David Bugher, age 50, has served as Lakewood’s Director of Community Development for 11 years and will be the new Assistant City Manager for Development. Under his leadership, Community Development created the City’s Comprehensive Plan with citizen input, established business licensing standards, developed an active code enforcement program, and managed significant growth in building permits. Bugher previously worked in planning for the cities of Morro Bay and Coalinga in California. He has a degree in urban geography from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Carolyn are Lakewood residents and have two children, daughter Kate and son Connor.