Pacific Power official gets nod for Walla Walla city-county agency board

Bill Clemens has been chosen for the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency board and awaits Council approval.

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WALLA WALLA -- The governing board for the new Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency may soon have its third and final member.

Walla Walla County commissioners Monday approved the appointment of city resident Bill Clemens to the three-member board. The appointment must be approved by the City Council, which is expected to consider the issue Wednesday.

Clemens, who is regional manager for Pacific Power, was one of eight applicants considered, said Dominic Elia, a Council member who represented the Council at Monday's meeting. The county commission has appointed Commissioner Greg Tompkins to represent the county and the City Council has appointed Jim Barrow to represent the city.

Under terms of a city-county agreement, the three-member board will be responsible for governing the new agency, which will merge the city and county planning departments. Tom Glover, county Community Development Department director, has been appointed the agency's interim director.

City and county officials announced their intention to create the new agency in August as a way to both improve services to city and county residents as well as cut costs. The merger is expected to include layoffs of at least six full-time employees from the city and/or county planning staffs.

The next meeting of the joint community development agency board is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday in the training room at the county Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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