Whatcom executive to ask council for new hire


Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws says his hands have become more than full with long-term projects.

Louws will ask the County Council on Tuesday, March 11, for $95,000 to hire a full-time special projects manager. The new staffer's main duties would be to oversee work on a new jail in Ferndale and a restructured Whatcom Medic One, the countywide emergency response agency.

Of the $95,000 requested, $67,275 is for wages. The rest is for benefits and equipment.

Louws retained Dewey Desler as a part-time special projects manager after Desler retired from his duties as deputy administrator and director of administrative services in 2011.

Desler will stay on half-time, making $41,885 a year. In his previous positions, he was paid more than $137,000 a year.

Council will discuss the request for a new hire at an 11 a.m. committee meeting Tuesday. The request is scheduled for a vote after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Both meetings are at the County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave.

Reach RALPH SCHWARTZ at ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2298.

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