Hecksel misses out on Washington job
Glenwood Springs City Manager Jeff Hecksel, in the last year of his tenure here, has been passed over for the manager position in Moses Lake, Washington.
He was among five finalists for the job, but it was offered to John Williams, the city manager for Battle Ground, Washington, since 2009, a reporter for the Columbia Basin Herald told the Post Independent.
Hecksel, the city manager in Glenwood Springs for the past 11 years, has been actively searching for a new job since council decided in early August not to renew his two-year rolling contract.
Hecksel’s contract allowed him a year’s notice of nonrenewal. Unless he resigns in the meantime, Hecksel will stay on through August 2016, or as long as he desires during that period, without the city having to pay the nine months’ severance terms also spelled out in his contract.
Hecksel also was a finalist for city manager in Delta this summer, but the council there passed on the first set of finalists and relaunched its search.
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