UNION GAP — Union Gap doesn’t have a strong mayor anymore, but its City Council unanimously chose Roger Wentz as mayor under the new council-manager government.
Wentz, who is in his eighth year as a council member, will serve in a role similar to that of Yakima’s appointed mayor under the same council-manager system. His main duty will be to run and apply the rules of parliamentary procedure in City Council meetings.
“I don’t think it’s a big onset; I just hope I can represent the council as a whole,” Wentz said.
He will serve a two-year term in the position.
Wentz said the City Council is looking forward to narrowing candidates for the permanent city manager job once the application period closes Jan. 24. After that, a joint committee of council members and appointed residents will whittle down a list and make recommendations.
That committee will meet Jan. 28 to lay out a time frame and further details of the selection process, Wentz said.
The only candidate for the job who has made his interest known publicly to date is Fire Chief Chris Jensen. Jensen was appointed as interim city manager in late November after previously serving as city administrator under former mayor Jim Lemon.