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Natasha Ramras
Natasha Ramras
City appoints new Chief Financial Officer (Photo) - 01/17/18

Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is pleased to announce the appointment of Natasha Ramras as the City's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective Jan. 15.

Ramras will succeed CFO Lloyd Tyler, who passed away unexpectedly last October.

Ramras has 19 years of progressively responsible finance experience with state and local government, including 12 years with the City of Vancouver. She served as the City's Deputy Finance Director of Budget, Performance and Audit for the last four years.

"I am thrilled to accept this appointment and will strive to honor the legacy of my predecessor and friend, Lloyd Tyler," Ramras said. "I am excited about the future of our city and look forward to meeting the challenges and discovering the opportunities that present themselves as we continue to grow, evolve and strive for greatness."

As the City's CFO, Ramras will manage the Financial and Management Services Department, which is responsible for the City budget, procurement services, business and special licenses, employee payroll, audit and performance. She will be responsible for establishing finance operational strategies by analyzing economic trends and revenue opportunities, monitoring the City's financial performance, developing financial forecasts, developing improvements and providing financial guidance and advice to Vancouver City Council, the city manager and departments.

"Natasha has proven herself to be a dynamic and strategic leader with an excellent track record managing the City's budget and financial performance," said Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes. "She has excelled while serving as the City's interim CFO for the past three months and I look forward to working with her in this new leadership role."

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Vancouver City Council approves purchase of building for relocation of homeless day center - 01/09/18

Vancouver, Wash. ? On Monday, Vancouver City Council gave its approval to proceed with the purchase of a 25,000 square foot building, located at 2018 Grand Blvd. in central Vancouver, for $4.3 million -- an acquisition that will help with providing homeless services within the city.

"Homelessness and affordable housing are pressing issues in the city of Vancouver and purchasing this property is in keeping with the City's desire to be proactive in addressing the growing need for homeless services in our community," said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle.

On Jan. 4, the City received approval from the hearings examiner to relocate the day center to the new location.

"The City would like to begin remodeling work in February to enable the relocation of a day center, currently at Friends of the Carpenter downtown, to the Grand Boulevard building within the next three months. I look forward to this project being a collaborative effort with our community partners," said the City's Community and Economic Development Manager Peggy Sheehan.

Vancouver's Community and Economic Development Department, along with community partners, will prepare an action plan and timeline for the building's use. Share, the current operator of the day center, will continue to manage operations in the new location.

"I am pleased that the City was able to acquire this important site," said Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes. "I'd like to thank the city council for their leadership and support in providing solutions for our community's most vulnerable residents."

The closing date for the property is expected to be Jan. 24.

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Washington Street changes to two-way north of W 15th Street in Vancouver - 01/04/18

Traffic on Washington Street is now flowing in two directions north of West 15th Street.

The City of Vancouver recently completed pavement restriping of the section of Washington Street between West 15th Street and West 17th Street in downtown Vancouver to reflect the change from one-way to two-way traffic. This change has also enabled the city to provide additional on-street diagonal parking along that east side of Washington Street.

Temporary signs have been placed to alert drivers, bikers and pedestrians.

The city's change to this section of Washington Street was done in collaboration with a private mixed use development occurring along Washington Street between West 17th Street and West McLoughlin Boulevard. When that development is completed, Washington Street will be a continuous two-way street from West 15th Street north to its terminus at West 21st Street. The segment of Washington Street south of West 15th Street to West Third Street will continue to serve as a one-way, southbound route, with no immediate plans for changes to that segment.

City seeks applicants for open city council position - 12/26/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver City Council is seeking applicants to fill the vacant Council Seat 1. Council Seat 1 will be vacant as of Jan. 1, 2018, due to the conclusion of Councilmember Jack Burkman's term and the inability of the elected candidate to quality for office (Scott Campbell, who won the Council Seat 1 position in the Nov. 2017 election, passed away before the election).

The council appointee will only hold office until the November 2018 general election and, if interested and qualified, could run for election then (applicant must have been a resident of the city of Vancouver for two continuous years prior to Nov. 6, 2018, in order to run for office).

Application details can be found below. All interviews, application forms and information supplied by applicants are considered public records.

APPLICATION PERIOD
Opens: Dec. 26, 2017
Closes: Jan. 18, 2018 at 5 p.m.

APPLYING FOR THE COUNCIL APPOINTMENT
Applicants must submit a resume, application form, Washington Public Disclosure Form (F-1) and a release for criminal background information. Application forms can be found at www.cityofvancouver.us/council-vacancy or picked up at the visitor check-in desk in the lobby at City Hall (415 W. 6th St.).

REQUIREMENTS TO HOLD VANCOUVER CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC OFFICE
Applicants must hold no other public office or employment under the Vancouver city government, have lived within the Vancouver city limits for 30 days prior to appointment, and be a qualified elector (over 18, a citizen of the U.S., and have no felony conviction, unless a certificate of discharge has been obtained).
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COUNCILMEMBER POWERS AND DUTIES
Councilmember powers and duties include serving as a member of the city's legislative body; adopting ordinances, resolutions, budget and policies to lead the city; and serving on boards, commission and committees as assigned (see Vancouver City Charter, Section 2.05).

SALARY: $1,947 monthly

INTERVIEW AND ANNOUNCEMENT SCHEDULE
Announcement of all applicants' names: Jan.24, 2018
Announcement of applicants selected for interviews: Feb. 5, 2018
Applicant interviews: Feb. 5, 2018
Council decision and announcement of appointee's name: Feb. 5, 2018
Appointee swear-in date: Feb. 12, 2018

Applications can be submitted:
Online: www.cityofvancouver.us/council-vacancy
Email: Amanda.Delapena@cityofvancouver.us
In person: Deliver to visitor check-in desk in the lobby at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.
By mail: Office of the City Council, Attn: Amanda Delapena, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668

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