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6 July 17 - Aug. 6, 2010 Vision from Page 1

This signifi cant upheaval presents both challenges and opportunities for the SanTan Sun area. Chandler spokesman Dave Bigos believes a mix of fresh blood and established personnel will benefi t the city and provide innovative alternatives in trying times. “New vision and fresh ideas are always good for a city,” says Bigos. “With that said, it is also a positive to have a stable council with historical knowledge and a fi rm understanding of how local government operates as well as an understanding of the community in general. So a good mix of old and new makes for a very good council.”

Pentz departs

One of the biggest challenges for Chandler in the months ahead will be fi nding someone to replace departing City Manager Mark Pentz. Pentz came to Chandler in 2004 after serving as manager for cities in Maryland, Kansas and Missouri as well as working on a variety of management-related commissions and boards.

During his tenure with the City of Chandler, Pentz focused on economic development and played a key role in bringing large-scale expansions to Intel and Orbital Sciences. He also attracted numerous small businesses to the SanTan Sun area, creating hundreds of jobs for local residents. And when the economy soured, Pentz helped shepherd the city through trying times and made tough decisions about public funds. “The recession hit Chandler hard and Mark had to manage through some huge budget defi cits,” Bigos notes.

Pentz’ tenure included other challenges. He was forced to resign in April 2006 when the then-majority of former Councilmembers Martin Sepulveda, Donna


Wallace and Phill Westbrooks and Councilmember Matt Orlando were going to vote to fi re him. The council approved a separation agreement with Pentz, and that June, Mayor Dunn renegotiated his return under a new council. Pentz was back as city manager in June 2006.

Pentz announced his plans to retire last year, agreeing to stay on until the budget process for the upcoming fi scal year was completed. The council formally accepted his letter of resignation at its June 24 meeting and appointed Assistant City Manager Rick Dlugas to serve as interim manager until a permanent replacement is found. Dlugas, who began his career with the City of Chandler in 1994 as Community Services Director, has held the assistant manager post since 2002.

Filling the Chandler city manager position will likely take months, with the results of the November elections shaping the process. “The Council has not specifi cally cited a plan for replacement,” says Bigos. “I would not expect a hiring decision to be made until next year.”

Bigos anticipates a wide-ranging talent search to fi ll the vacancy, noting the serious issues the incoming city manager will have to tackle.

“The next manager will face the continued recession and potential defi cits,” Bigos explains. “He or she will need to address the budget, declining revenues, future service levels, and continued recruitment of quality, sustainable jobs.”

Chamber welcomes Warkentin The Chandler Chamber of Commerce fi nished its six-month search for a leader, naming David Warkentin as its new president. He replaces Jerry

Bustamante, who resigned last year citing family reasons. Chamber officials say Warkentin, the former president of the Walla Walla, WA Chamber of Commerce, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new position.

David Warkentin

“We wanted the search process to be deliberate and

we took our time,” says Jaime Natividad, chairman of the board for the Chamber. “We reviewed more than 250 applicants and took a strategic look at what we wanted. We were determined to fi nd the right candidate who would be the right fi t for our needs, and we found that perfect fi t in David Warkentin.” Warkentin’s public policy experience, business perspective and proven ability as a consensus builder made him the ideal candidate, according to the hiring subcommittee. But what really sealed the deal was his attention to detail on specifi c issues affecting the City of Chandler, and his vision on how to meet the Chamber’s stated goals.

“He had done his homework and came to the interview with a strong sense of what the Chandler Chamber’s needs were,” says Natividad. “We wanted someone who could come in and make an impact right away, and we knew he would provide us with that.”

Warkentin took offi ce June 1 and is working on attracting new members, retaining existing ones and creating a stronger Internet presence. He’s also

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