WALLA WALLA - Public Works Director Craig Sivley resigned this month to take a 13-month assignment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan.
Sivley left for Afghanistan on Saturday to take a civilian status assignment with the Army Corps, where he will work on infrastructure and public facility projects in that country.
"He is going to be doing a good work up in Northern Afghanistan building roads, water, sewer system, perhaps some schools, and maybe a hospital," said Walla Walla City Manager Nabiel Shawa.
Shawa said the position of interim public works director has been offered to Ken Carter, who held the same interim position in 2008 after then-Public Works Director Hal Thomas resigned.
Shawa added that Carter requested 30 days to determine if he can take the position. During those 30 days, Public Works Operations Superintendent Tom Purcell will serve as interim public works director.
According to a city job description, the public works director works under the city manager to plan and direct new construction, ongoing maintenance projects, environmental testing and inspections, among other supervisory duties relating to the city's infrastructure and landfill facility.
According to 2007 salary information, the city's public works director makes $90,000 to $115,000 per year.