Yakima has a Interim Assistant City Manager. Current City Manager Cliff Moore has named current City of Yakima Public Works Director Scott Schafer as Interim Assistant City Manager.  A press release from the city says Schafer will serve in in that position until the position is filled in the future. City Manager Cliff Moore, who made the decision is set to leave on final day as August 20. Moore is leaving to become WSU Extension Director in Jefferson County, Washington

The Assistant City Manager position has been vacant since Ana Cortez, who was hired into the position in October 2017, left to become the City Manager in Helena, Montana in mid-January of this year.  Prior to Cortez being hired, the Assistant City Manager position had been vacant since 2012.
The position went unfilled for nearly 5 years as a result of spending reductions.According to the city press release. "In late July, the Yakima City Council appointed current City of Yakima Senior Assistant City Attorney Cynthia Martinez to serve as Interim City Manager while the Council works to hire someone to fill the Interim City Manager role on a longer-term basis.  Martinez will assume the Interim City Manager job on August 21st."

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