HEYBURN — The city of Heyburn is hiring a new city administrator.
Tony Morley, building and zoning administrator for Minidoka County, will join the city Aug. 2.
“He will bring lots of knowledge to the city and he has experience working with developers and in economic development,” Mayor Cleo Gallegos said. “He also knows Minidoka County and Cassia County and has good relationships with the cities of Rupert and Burley.
The title for the position, which was city superintendent, will be changed to city administrator. Morley’s pay will start at $80,000 to $83,000, Gallegos said. The exact amount is not set yet because the budget is not finalized.
Morley was appointed by Gallegos, and the City Council unanimously approved the hire at its June 14 meeting.
Morley was hired in 2011 to head the Minidoka County building department.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “Heyburn is positioned in a way that it is ready to take off in growth, and I’d like to be a part of that.”
Morley said one of his top goals for the city will be economic development.
“Economic development seems like a priority for the city, and I’d like to see the city advance in that way,” Morley said.
Gallegos said the city has worked with Morley because the city contracts its building department services with the county.
“In the last one and a half years he’s shown us how well he works with people,” Gallegos said.
Morley said he also plans to implement a building department in the city.
Previously the city did not issue enough building permits to warrant having its own department.
“I’ll be able to use my skills and certifications so we can do that internally,” Morley said. “It will be a good move for the city.”
A city employee will work under Morley to learn how to perform inspections.
“That way Tony can stay focused on the important things,” Gallegos said.
Gallegos said the city received complaints in the past from developers saying issues they had were not always addressed by the city.
Morley said he brings experience working with four city councils along with the county commissioners and fire districts to the job.
City Councilwoman Joanne Justesen said Morley has always gone above and beyond his duties when working with the city.
“We feel very fortunate to be hiring him,” Justesen said. “He is well liked and respected in the community.”
Greg Richins, former city superintendent resigned on May 2.
“The employees are all excited,” Gallegos said. “I think it is going to be a really good fit.”
The city will soon be looking for a new city attorney after Michael Tribe was named the new Cassia County district judge, replacing Judge Michael Crabtree.
Gallegos said the city has not received notice yet when Tribe will be appointed to the bench but the city will soon start advertising for the position.