Express Staff Writer
span of several months, the city of Ketchum has experienced a large
amount of employee turnover, including several key positions.
turnover is due to both retirements and resignations, Mayor Ed Simon
Planning Administrator Lisa Horowitz left city hall for the last time
Friday, and a new city administrator will start this month to replace
Jim Jaquet, who retired in May.
city planner, Stefanie Leif, was hired last week to replace Tory
Canfield, who transferred full time to the Ketchum Fire Department last
Chief Tom Johnson is retiring this summer, and Simon announced Monday
that Assistant Fire Chief Greg Schwab has been named as the new chief.
He’ll replace Tom Johnson, who plans to retire later this month.
leaves an opening for a new assistant fire chief.
Police Chief Cal Nevland and Simon are squabbling over hiring a new
assistant police chief, a position that has been open for more than a
County Housing Director Gates Kellett, who works for Ketchum and the
county, will resign in August. She has an office at Ketchum City Hall.
despite the dizzying number of open positions and new employees, all
departments are operational and under the supervision of acting
supervisors, Simon said.
Planner Harold Moniz is the acting planning administrator. Schwab is the
acting fire chief. Lt. Mike McNeil is the acting assistant police chief.
And Ketchum City Clerk Sandy Cady is assuming city administrator duties
until Ron LeBlanc arrives July 15 from Connecticut, where he was city
administrator for the town of Groton.
Valley-Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau Director Carol Waller
observed that the changes mean opportunity.
represents a huge change in our local government, and, while it is tough
to see so many experienced staff retire or leave for greener pastures,
we can be assured that the Ketchum City Council knows the importance of
hiring highly qualified individuals to fill these positions,"
Waller wrote in this month’s CVB New newsletter.
encourage all of you to make a point to get to know these new faces and
let them know what issues are important to you," she continued.
"Democracy means involvement. Do your part."