City manager headed to Washington
After a less than two-year tenure as South Lake Tahoe’s city manager, Tony O’Rourke is headed for a new position in Washington state.
On Tuesday, the Yakima City Council approved a $175,000 contract for O’Rourke to become the new manager of the city, according to an article in the Yakima Herald. The salary is the same as what was approved by the South Lake Tahoe City Council in July 2010.
O’Rourke did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday, but has previously said he is looking for jobs outside of South Lake Tahoe due to personal matters regarding his family.
He is expected to sign the Yakima contract Friday and said he hopes to find a home in the city before then, according to the Herald article. He is expected to start work there July 2.
“I think we’re both mutually excited about the partnership and look forward to initiating it,” O’Rourke is quoted as saying in the story.
O’Rourke beat out four other candidates for the job in northwestern Washington.
The three-year contract O’Rourke signed with South Lake Tahoe in July 2010 requires he give the city three months advance notice of his departure “unless the parties otherwise agree.”