FRIDAY UPDATE: Here’s a link to our full story in today’s paper.
UPDATE AT 1:15 p.m.: Puyallup City Manager Ralph Dannenberg has confirmed he’s leaving and doesn’t expect to return to work. He said he didn’t tell the City Council he planned to retire, but that the council “feels a change is appropriate.” The News Tribune is seeking response from officials and will update this story later.
ORIGINAL POST: Pierce County’s third-largest city soon will be in the market for a new chief executive.
Puyallup City Manager Ralph Dannenberg apparently is leaving his post after nearly two years.
It’s unclear exactly when he will depart; he’s out-of-the-office on scheduled vacation through next week. When contacted by The News Tribune Wednesday, he wouldn’t comment.
Dannenberg told the City Council privately on Tuesday that he intends to retire, said Glenda Carino, city spokeswoman. The city has contacted a consulting firm to help search for an interim city manager, she said.
Dannenberg, 64, became city manager in the fall of 2010 after filling the post on a temporary basis for about six months. Before that, he was Puyallup’s parks director for nearly 13 years and worked for the City of Pullman for two decades, including as director of public services.
Since Dannenberg took over in Puyallup, he’s navigated budget cuts and a new political landscape. The seven-member City Council has four news faces and a new majority this year, and has reversed several policies established by last year’s council.
Puyallup’s finance director, Cliff Craig, is filling in as acting city manager.
News of Dannenberg’s impending departure comes during a tense week in the city. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Rick Hansen accepted an admonishment from his council colleagues in response to a report made this spring by a female city employee about “unwelcome contact.”
Dannenberg’s staff investigated the report and Dannenberg followed up with a memo to Hansen in May advising him to conduct himself properly with city employees. Dannenberg also encouraged him to attend “one-on-one training,” which he did.