Two interim jobs in Dupont to become permanent

Staff writerMay 16, 2014 

The “interim” title will be dropped from two key jobs at DuPont City Hall.

Interim City Administrator Ted Danek and interim Fire Department Battalion Chief Lt. Larry Creekmore will now hold the positions permanently. The City Council unanimously approved contracts and budget adjustments Tuesday night supporting the promotions.

Danek, former city administrator for the city of Spokane, went to work in November while DuPont Mayor Michael Grayum decided whether to conduct a larger search to fill the permanent position in the south Pierce city of 8,200 people.

Grayum said Wednesday that Danek’s performance in the last six months convinced him he was the right hire.

“I did not feel the need to go out and pay a professional search firm based on the caliber of work he was doing in the city,” Grayum said.

Danek’s salary was set at $107,712 plus $35,501 in benefits. He was making $97,960 in the interim position.

Creekmore had held the interim fire chief position in DuPont since June. That’s when the City Council asked him to cover chief duties while it determined how its Fire Department would look, including whether to have a chief at all.

The city decided on a combination department made up of professional and reserve responders. Creekmore was instrumental in shaping the department during the process, Grayum said.

As interim battalion chief, Creekmore had a salary of $85,860. His pay will increase to $97,609 plus $44,841 in benefits.

Brynn Grimley: 253-597-8467
brynn.grimley@thenewstribune.com

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