Leonard Smith hired as new city administrator in Black Diamond

The city of Black Diamond hired a new city administrator, Leonard Smith, at the Thursday City Council meeting.

The city ended the contract with former City Administrator Gwendolyn Voelpel Sept. 25.

During the meeting Loren Combs, the city attorney, stated Voelpel “wanted to look for employment elsewhere and the city felt it was important to find someone who could step right into her shoes. That was the reason this has come with such urgency.”

Mayor Howard Botts appointed Smith as the replacement, and following an executive session, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment.

According to the resolution confirming Smith's appointment, he would be paid $9,626 per month.

Following the meeting, the 62-year-old Smith said he has owned Pac West Engineering in Fife for past 13 years. Smith said he had been a city engineer in Corvallis, Ore and during the 1980’s he was Tumwater’s city administrator.

Smith said he is an engineer and surveyor by profession. He was born in Missouri and raised in Sacramento, Calif.

Botts provided the following written release after the meeting concerning the change of city administrators.

“The former city administrator advised the city that as part of her career path she felt it was time for her to start looking for a new position. The city felt that this is a critical time for the city due to the pending master plan development applications so it was important to get a new city administrator that the city knew would be able to stay with the city through this critical time.

“The former city administrator’s last day of employment was Sept. 25, 2009 and the city is pleased to have hired today Leonard Smith as its new city administrator. Leonard is a professional engineer that has previously served as a city administrator, and has worked for the city as a consultant, helping the city update its regulations.”

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