Cliff Moore

Yakima Herald-Republic file

Yakima City Manager Cliff Moore has accepted a job as the Washington State University Extension director in Jefferson County, the city announced Thursday in a news release.

The council hired Moore in May 2016, with his official service starting that month. His last day will be Aug. 20.

Moore worked for the university earlier in his career. He served as the associate director of the university’s degree programs from 1991 to 2004 and then as the WSU Extension director from 2004 until 2009.

He served as the Thurston County Department of Resource Stewardship director from 2009 until 2013, when he was hired as the Thurston County manager.

Moore served as Thurston County manager for three years before being hired by Yakima.

Moore said he has been honored to serve Yakima for the past three years as its city manager.

“I have been so fortunate to work alongside an extraordinarily talented and dedicated team of city employees,” Moore said. “I’m also grateful for the support I’ve received throughout my tenure from so many Yakima community members.”

The City Council will meet soon to deliberate on the process for hiring Moore’s replacement.