Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.
City hires new director of Community Engagement
The Community Engagement Department has a new director.
In March, Ron Findley took over as the permanent director of the department, relieving interim director Shane Pegram who had been in that role since January.
Findley has worked for the Springdale court system since 2010, and before that spent his career in construction and working at a nuclear plant.
Through his work with the court system, he became familiar with the legal side of code enforcement and developed a passion for helping residents.
"I hope to be able to help people who need help," said Findley. "I want to treat people the way we want to be treated. I think that is what Community Engagement is about — it's going out and bending over backward trying to help people. That's what it means to me — trying to go that extra mile to help."
Most departments are long-standing, but in the case of Community Engagement, its new head will be overseeing a new City department. Until 2018, Community Engagement had been part of Public Works, which is overseen by Public Works Director Sam Goade.
The Community Engagement division was run by Missha Wagoner, a dedicated public servant who had been running the division since 2012.
As part of the 2018 budget, the mayor worked with Wagoner and Goade to restructure Community Engagement as its own department. Previously the division managed bulky waste, recycling, code enforcement, and graffiti removal. With the restructuring that went into effect with the passage of the 2018 budget, Community Engagement now only handles code enforcement.
Wagoner played a vital role in the restructuring of the division into its own department before she left the City to pursue other opportunities. Now as its own department, Community Engagement will move forward with the business of helping to keep Springdale beautiful.
Department heads for the City of Springdale have a large responsibility. Among their multitude of daily tasks, they oversee employees, create long-range plans for the departments, work with other departments and their employees to accomplish goals, respond to community questions and requests, and effectively and efficiently manage the taxpayer funds that are used to return services to our residents.
With all this responsibility and pressure, we are fortunate to have department heads who are committed public servants, willing to take on the awesome duties expected by our residents.
"I loved what I was doing, and I love the people I worked with [while working in the court system]," said Findley. "But this job looked like a good opportunity to make a difference for the people of Springdale."
To learn more about Community Engagement, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/236/Community-Engagement