YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima City Manager Tony O’Rourke cut the city’s human resources director position earlier this week.
The position isn’t necessary, and will be left vacant, O’Rourke said. Those responsibilities will be split between the department’s deputy manager and a city attorney.
The director, Colleen Chapin, was not removed for disciplinary or performance reasons, he said, adding, “It was purely economics. The city has higher priorities for its resources.”
According to city records, Chapin received $115,213 in income and benefits last year.
The two city employees who will take on Chapin’s responsibilities will get small pay raises, which will leave the city with a net savings of about $100,000, according to O’Rourke.
“I’ll leave it to (the Yakima City Council) how they want to reinvest that,” he said.
Chapin could not immediately be reached for comment.