Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax emailed city employees an hour ago to announce the departures of two department heads.
Finance Director Bob Biles and Community and Economic Development Director Ryan Petty “will be leaving city employment” later this month, Broadnax said in his memo.
Biles’ last day will be May 18. Petty will leave the following Friday, on May 25. They will be replaced by their seconds-in-command – Assistant Finance Director Jeff Litchfield and Assistant Community and Economic Development Director Martha Anderson – while the city searches for permanent hires.
Also today, Broadnax announced a replacement for the city’s budget officer, Laura McPherson, who died April 30. He named Management Analyst Tanya Robacher the interim budget officer.
The announcement about Biles and Petty comes one week after Broadnax announced the departure of Deputy City Manager Rey Arellano, who served as interim city manager for six months before being passed over for the permanent job in favor of Broadnax.
Broadnax’s Tuesday memo:
General Government Employees:
I would like to share the following announcement regarding organizational changes within General Government Executive Leadership:
Bob Biles, Finance Director, will be leaving City employment; his last day in the office is May 18th. Assistant Finance Director Jeff Litchfield will serve as the Interim Finance Director as we conduct a search for a new Finance Director.
Ryan Petty Community and Economic Development (CED) Director, will be leaving City employment; his last day in the office is May 25th. Assistant Community and Economic Development Director Martha Anderson will serve Interim CED Director as we conduct a search for a new CED Director.
Tanya Robacher, Management Analyst III, will serve as the Interim Budget Officer through the 2013-2014 budget development process after which time a recruitment will take place for the permanent position.
Organizational changes in leadership and staffing naturally create a sense of uncertainty. I acknowledge this fact and encourage all City employees to discuss questions you may have with your department supervisors and/or managers.
I appreciate your support of the individuals selected to assist Executive Leadership during this transition.
Thank you for your resilience during these times of change, and for your diligent focus on effectively serving the citizens and our clients.
In the Spirit of Excellence!!