Ralph Dannenberg can officially drop the “interim” from his title.
The Puyallup City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve his contract as city manager. The former parks director will be paid $152,000 annually, including benefits, said Glenda Carino, city spokeswoman.
Dannenberg began filling the top executive post on an interim basis in April after former City Manager Gary McLean resigned.
He earned praise from the council for his 2011 budget, which doesn’t include any layoffs or new taxes as it bridges a $5 million shortfall.
“That was no easy feat in these challenging economic times,” said Mayor Kathy Turner in a city news release.
“I look forward to working with this team as we continue to provide the excellent city services our citizens have come to expect,” Dannenberg said in the news release.