Town of Kearny hires new town manager

By Mila Besich-Lira

In their monthly meeting in Dec., the Kearny Town Council voted unanimously to hire Gene Green to become the new Town Manager for Kearny. The announcement came after a lengthy search for a new manager.

The town was aided by the Arizona League of Cities and Towns in their search.

Green will assume his duties on Jan. 2. Until his arrival, Margaret Gaston will continue as Interim Town Manager.

Green comes to Kearny with extensive qualifications and high recommendations. He has earned a B.A. in Organizational Administration through Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. He then went on to earn an M.Ed. in Human Resources Education from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

He began his municipal career in 1977 in Anchorage, Alaska, in the Field Service and Maintenance Divisions of the city. He progressed through several offices, including work with road programs, utility supervision, billing systems, strategic planning and budgeting.

In 1992, Green became Manager of the Employer Services Division , with 280 employees. He left that position in 1995, to become the Assistant City Manager and Administration Director of Unalaska, a city of 4,000 – plus. The work included strategic planning, operation and capital budgeting, and grant planning and administration.

In 1998, Green took the position of City Manager for the City of Mohalla, Oregon. He administered a $17 million budget and the development of capital projects, including a new library, water and waste-water improvements, major road improvements, and recreational trails and parks.

During his tenure, the City of Molalla was the recipient of $12 million in grants.

The City of West Linn, Oregon, hired him in 2006 to manage its Public Works Department, including the Engineering Division, Water Division, and Environmental Services and Street Maintenance Divisions. He served there until West Linn underwent structural reorganization last March.

Green has worked with populations large and small. He has also been active in community work and enjoys a stiff physical development regimen, including running and walking. He describes himself as an outdoorsman.

By mutual decision, his wife, Ingrid Green will remain in Oregon to continue her work while their son finishes high school. Meanwhile, Green has located a place to live and said he is readying himself to give the Town of Kearny the same level of excellent service and attention to detail that he has brought to the other cities and towns he has served.

After an executive session the council accepted the resignation of the Police Chief Joe Martinez. They also voted to appoint Robert Ingulli as the interim Police Chief.

During their meeting the council also heard a presentation from Scott Powell regarding the audit and expenditure limitation report. He explained that the budget was prepared in accordance with governmental standards and that there were no findings in the report.

Powell recognized the staff and council for working diligently to meet standards that need to be met.

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