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WES to get another interim director in ongoing search for permanent leader

Another interim director of Clackamas County Water Environment Services will step down Nov. 30.

Clackamas County’s Water Environment Services will see its fourth top manager in a year as the county continues its effort to replace ousted director Mike Kuenzi.

Michael Read, also director of the Oak Lodge Sanitary District, will step down Nov. 30, allowing WES Water Quality Manager Greg Geist to transition into the interim director role.

“This is my choice, and I have the greatest respect for County Administrator Don Krupp who has been a great boss and supporter of me during my time here,” Read wrote to WES staff Oct. 15. “Don expressed his regrets about my leaving, and I truly appreciate the support and latitude that he gave to me while I was here... I cannot express adequately the respect and admiration that I have for the entire WES team. The next six weeks will fly by, but I will continue to be available to help out any way that I can with the organization.”

Kuenzi resigned in April after an arbitration report confirmed allegations of inappropriate contracting practices by fired WES manager Dan Henninger.

Following the resignation, WES Finance Manager Liz Garcia stepped into the interim director role. Garcia left the embattled organization Sept. 3.

The search continues for a permanent director, with a recruitment process opened Oct. 13 and applications being taken until Nov. 25.

“I want to thank Michael for his leadership and stewardship during this period of transition at WES,” said County Administrator Don Krupp. “I especially appreciate his professionalism and his steady and innovative leadership during this interim period.”

Geist has been with WES since January 2013.

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