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City releases statement on staff reorganization

Chief of Staff role is gone; Grace Lockett did not apply for new role


Last updated 1/14/2021 at 7:55am

According to a news release from the City of Mill Creek, the City has reclassified the position of Chief of Staff to the position of Deputy City Manager and Internal Auditor effective Jan. 1. This reclassification was approved by City Council during the regular meeting in December, and enacted by City Ordinance No. 2020-869.

Grace Lockett, then Interim Chief of Staff, opted not to apply for the reclassified position and was therefore subject to layoff. Lockett’s last day with the City of Mill Creek was Jan. 5. City Manager Michael Ciaravino appointed former Finance Director Jeff Balentine to the position of Deputy City Manager and Internal Auditor, effective Jan. 1.

Balentine is currently on approved leave and is scheduled to assume the new post upon his return. He was contacted by the Beacon, but was not yet ready to comment on the appointment.

As a part of the City of Mill Creek’s ongoing reorganization efforts. The Beacon has inquired on several issues surrounding staff reorganization and is referred to Michael Ciaravino, who has not yet made himself available for interviews.

Multiple interview requests have been made by the current editor, for various issues under the purview of Ciaravino, since Aug. 10.

The City of Mill Creek stated that they will have no further comments at this time, regarding Lockett's employment status with the city.


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