Retiring deputy city manager will remain temporarily as a consultant

Avondale Estates’ longtime Financial Director Ken Turner, who jointed the city in 2008, works his last day as a fulltime employee today (Dec. 7). But City Manager Patrick Bryant has proposed that Turner remain for at least two more months as a consultant.

In a staff restructuring announced on Nov. 7 Bryant promoted Turner to Deputy City Manager/Finance Director—whose duties also include supervising the police department and court officers—while City Planner Keri Stevens was elevated to assistant city manager.

But Turner, now 69, decided last week to retire from fulltime work, and Bryant’s now faced with hiring both an assistant planner and deputy manager/finance officer. He hopes to have both jobs filled by mid-January.

The city commission will likely approve the consultant arrangement during its next regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Avondale City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza.

“Ken will perform the exact functions that he does now,” Bryant said. “But then we hope he can stay on a little while longer after the new [deputy arrives] and help with the transition.”

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