A New Face at City Hall: Tim Tingey Joins CH

A New Face at City Hall: Tim Tingey Joins CH
Posted on 11/01/2018

By Mayor Mike Peterson

We are excited to welcome Tim Tingey as Cottonwood Heights’ new city manager. He succeeds John Park, who served for the previous five years and retired after 30 years in local government. Tim was selected from a wide range of applicants after a nationwide search and assumed his new duties on Oct. 15 (see Page 4 for a full profile).

Tim is a highly skilled administrator and communicator, who has most recently served as Director of Administrative and Development Services for Murray City. There, he oversaw numerous divisions including community and economic development, building inspection, facilities management, geographic information systems, and the recorder’s and treasurer’s offices. He also served as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency of Murray.

Tim’s impressive credentials also include educational pursuits resulting in a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Utah State University, a Master’s of Public Administration and a doctorate degree in political science from Idaho State University. He currently spends part of his spare time as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, teaching political science and public administration courses on ethics, economic development and government finance (click here for more info).

As Tim accepts his new assignment, it’s important to note that in November 2004, voters overwhelmingly voted to incorporate the city and adopt the “council-manager” form of government for the delivery of municipal services. In this form of government, the Mayor and City Council are the city’s governing body, with responsibility for enacting the city’s laws (ordinances), setting its budget, enacting resolutions to approve contracts and establishing city relationships. In general, the governing body charts the course for the city by establishing policies to be pursued by the city’s administration under the guidance of the city manager. The city manager is selected by the Council, based solely on his or her knowledge, skills and abilities as it relates to the desired operation of our city.

TingeyI believe it’s important to understand that the city manager, not the City Council, conducts the city’s business under the general oversight of the Mayor and Council. Also important to know is that the city manager has various duties and powers that are imposed by statute and ordinance, including the duties to faithfully execute and enforce all applicable laws, to carry out the policies and programs established by the City Council and to organize and direct the management of the city’s affairs. The city manager also must regulate the powers and duties of all officers and employees of the city and appoint, with Council approval, the city’s statutory officers (such as the city’s budget officer, recorder, treasurer, director of finance, engineer and attorney), as well as heads of city departments (such as police department, department of community and economic development, and public works department). Other responsibilities include nominating for Council approval people to serve on the city’s advisory boards such as its planning commission, arts council, historic committee, and parks, trails and open space committee; and attending all meetings of the Council with the right to participate in its discussions but without the right to vote.

In essence, the city manager is the city’s CEO. It’s a big job, and we know Tim is up to the task. We wish him the very best as he moves into his new assignment directing the city’s day-to-day operation and working with the Council in moving the city toward a preferred future.