Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws has announced that Dewey Desler has agreed to return to work in a part time role — about 80 hours per month for 9 months–to assist him in the development and adoption of the county’s next biennial budget.
Desler will start work on April 1. Desler’s contract will conclude at year end.
Desler, former director of administrative services for the county, retired in November, 2011.
“Dewey’s years of experience and institutional knowledge of Whatcom County government is extremely valuable to me,” Louws said in a press release. “It has become apparent in the first month as the executive that I will not have the time to coordinate all aspects of the budget process. Having Dewey in the executive’s office will also give me the opportunity throughout the next few months to refine my knowledge of our systems and procedures, based on his involvement in the creation of many of them.”
Louws added that he intends to be fully engaged throughout the budget process. Louws still plans to retain the responsibilities formerly shouldered by Desler as Director of Administrative Service. Louws says the elimination of the position will result in a savings of over $130,000. in 2012.
I have contacted the County Executive’s office for precise information on what Desler will be paid for his temporary service.
Via email, Louws said Desler will be paid $45.00 per hour. In his former position, his salary was about $66.90 per hour.
“I feel this wage adequately compensates him for his expertise, while respecting the value of our current staff who will be here full time to handle the everyday business of the county,” Louws said.