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Enumclaw again without a finance director

By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

For the second time in less than two years, the city of Enumclaw is without a chief financial officer.

Mark Turley abruptly severed his ties with the city effective Feb. 11. He had served as director of the city's Finance Department - either on an interim basis or as a full-time department head - since May 2002.

When asked for details surrounding Turley's departure, City Administrator Mark Bauer would only say that the official reason for the split was Turley's resignation.

While emphasizing the finance director was not fired - or threatened with a "resign or be fired" scenario - Bauer said there were problems at City Hall. "We did have some performance issues and other management-related issues," he said.

None of the problems, Bauer said, related to mismanagement of city money.

Turley's opportunity to run the Finance Department came when former director Mike Bailey departed. In that case, city officials would only call the situation a "resignation." Bailey, however, said the matter was not his choice, that his resignation had been requested.

Unlike two years ago, the city does not have a No. 2 person in the Finance Department; when Turley was promoted, the city did not fill his accounting position.

So, the city will work with Seattle-based Waldron Resources to identify a candidate to fill the job on an interim basis. The interim director will evaluate the department, issue a report to city administration and assist with the process of selecting a permanent director.

It's the same process, with the same firm, the city is now going through with its police department.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at khanson@courierherald.com

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