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Juneau's community development director resigning

Posted: March 30, 2012 - 4:41pm  |  Updated: March 31, 2012 - 11:08pm

The community development department director for the City and Borough of Juneau will be moving to Washington state.

Dale Pernula has been with the city for 10 years and has decided its time to move on. His last day will be April 25.

“I got another job in another town — in Mount Vernon, Wash.,” he said. “I would say the primary reason is I have three kids and three step-kids and they live in six separate states. I would just like to be closer to see them.”

Pernula said with Juneau’s transportation difficulties it makes visiting his children and step-children difficult.

Pernula has enjoyed his work with the city over the years.

“I think there’s only one department head who was here when I got here and he’s retiring in a month or so,” Pernula said. “Probably the best thing that I enjoy is working with different groups, primarily the time I’ve put with the planning commission. They’ve been a great group to work with over the years, and the Assembly as well. Working with the Planning Commission and staff to get things done, get things approved, it’s been very enjoyable.”

Pernula said he’s also enjoyed his time in Juneau, particularly with fly-fishing and skiing. He said he will probably come back to visit as he has made a lot of friends here.

Pernula made the decision earlier in the week. City officials were not immediately available to comment Friday afternoon on the future of the position and how it may be filled.

When asked if he had advice for any upcoming community development director, Pernula said flexibility.

“It’s a position where you get feedback from all different directions,” he said. “From the public, from the staff, from the Planning Commission, my supervisors, the Assembly, and last, but not least, the developers. You need to listen to all sides and be flexible and fair and decisive.”

In the past year and a half the city has had several directors and managers retire or leave in some fashion including the Docks and Harbors director (and harbormaster), Centennial Hall manager, aquatics manager, Parks and Recreation director, city manager, deputy city manager (though she was promoted to city manager), Public Works director, Eaglecrest Ski Area manager (he was promoted to the Public Works director position), Bartlett Regional Hospital chief executive officer and Bartlett’s chief financial officer. The city finance director also will be retiring soon.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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