Acting Tag Removed from Public Works Director and Wastewater Manager in Yakima
When longtime City of Yakima Public Works Director Chris Waarvick retired in June, Scott Schafer, who was the City’s Wastewater Manager at the time, was named Acting Public Works Director in order to allow City Manager Tony O’Rourke some time to evaluate how the position
would be filled on a more permanent basis.
At the same time, Utilities and Engineering Director Debbie Cook appointed Shelley Willson, then a Utility Engineer, to step into Schafer’s shoes temporarily and become the Acting
After having seen both Schafer and Willson perform well in their acting capacities for the past six months, O’Rourke and Cook have decided to remove the “acting” tag from their titles. This week, O’Rourke formally promoted Schafer to the job of Public Works Director and Cook named Willson to the role of Wastewater Manager.
Schafer has worked for the City since July 1996 when he was hired as a Lab Technician in the Wastewater Division. He was promoted to the position of Environmental Analyst in the Wastewater Division in September 2003 and then to the position of Assistant Wastewater
Division Manager in July 2005. In September 2008, Schafer was named to serve as the Acting Wastewater Division Manager and became the City’s Wastewater Division Manager in February
Willson was first hired by the City as a Traffic Technician in April 1983. She was promoted to the position of Supervising Traffic Engineer about seven years later. After serving in an acting capacity for six months, Willson became the City’s Streets and Traffic Division Manager in January 1999. Since December 2007, she has worked primarily on stormwater issues as a Utility Engineer in the Wastewater Division.