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City of Tacoma hires new economic development director; appoints interim finance director

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Aug. 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm with No Comments »
August 13, 2012 4:45 pm

The City of Tacoma announced Monday a new economic development director and a new interim finance director.

Ricardo Noguera, most recently of Visalia, Calif., has been hired to run the city’s community and economic development department. For the past five years in Visalia, Noguera has led the city’s affordable housing, economic development and code enforcement initiatives, according to a city news release. He also has worked for the City of North Miami, Fla.

Noguera replaces Ryan Petty, who left the city in May during a reshuffle by new city manager T.C. Broadnax. Noguera starts Sept. 10.

Also Monday, Broadnax appointed Steve Call as the city’s interim finance director, effective immediately. The city’s current interim finance director, Jeff Litchfield, has accepted a job as city manager for Hondo, Texas. Litchfield was filling in after Bob Biles left earlier this year.

Call was the director of the Office of Management and Budget for King County from 2001 to 2005, and then as its interim director in 2009, according to the release. He also served as interim chief financial officer for Seattle City Light.

The city plans a formal search for a finance director.

I’ve left messages with the city communications director to find out the men’s salaries. I’ll update this post when I learn them.

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Noguera’s annual salary will be $147,659. Call’s will be $188,320.

Read the city’s full news release after the jump: 

City Manager T.C. Broadnax has announced the appointment of Ricardo Noguera as the director of the City’s Community and Economic Development Department (CED).  Noguera has more than 20 years of experience in community development, having delivered significant tax revenues and employment to communities in the San Francisco bay area, south Florida, Los Angeles and, for the past five years, the central valley community of Visalia, Calif.  He joins the City of Tacoma on Monday, September 10.

“Ricardo’s diverse professional background coupled with his wealth of economic development experience will be instrumental in giving the city a competitive edge in attracting new and expanding economic opportunities during this pivotal time,” said Broadnax.

As the new CED director, Noguera will lead the department in such initiatives as neighborhood revitalization, business attraction and retention, small business development, affordable housing and strategic planning to sustain an economically vibrant Tacoma.

“It is a great pleasure to join the Tacoma team. I am very excited to bring my energy, creativity and passion for delivering community development programs and activities to the Tacoma community. I stand prepared to help the city manager, council and department directors tackle budget challenges and continue moving the Tacoma community in a positive direction,” said Noguera.

Prior to joining the City, Noguera served as the housing and economic development director for the City of Visalia, Calif.  During his tenure, he led the City’s affordable housing, economic development, redevelopment and code enforcement initiatives. He also worked for the City of North Miami where he established the largest redevelopment project area in South Florida; administered the entitlement process for a former 190-acre landfill planned for 4,800 units of high-rise luxury condos along Biscayne Bay; and oversaw preparation of a master plan for Johnson & Wales University.  Noguera has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

In addition to Noguera, Broadnax has appointed Steve Call as the City’s interim finance director. Call comes to the City with more than 35 years of experience in financial management, overseeing operating and capital budgets and business planning. Call joins the City’s Executive Leadership Team today, August 13.

“Steve brings tremendous experience in financial management, and I look forward to working with him to establish performance standards for our City organization,” said Broadnax. “His strategic and operational leadership will play a vital role in strengthening the City’s financial position.”

As the interim finance director, Call will focus on managing the daily operations of the department and identifying opportunities for improvement, including the evaluation of the City’s finances.

Prior to joining the City, Call served as director of the Office of Management and Budget for King County from 2001 to 2005, and then as its interim director in 2009. He also served as interim chief financial officer for Seattle City Light.  Call holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Call will step into the role recently held by Jeff Litchfield, who has accepted the position of city manager for the City of Hondo, Texas. “I want to thank Jeff for his years of service to the City of Tacoma, and I wish him much success as he embarks on this new endeavor,” added Broadnax.

The City intends to undertake a formal open recruitment for the finance director position.


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