By Nick Worth
Holbrook City Manager Ray Alley announced the promotion of two city employees to new posts last week.
John Guttery has been appointed department head of the Holbrook City Parks Department, replacing Tim Kelley, who has held that post in addition to his regular post of department head of the Facilities Maintenance Department.
Guttery was born in Holbrook and moved back to town in 2000 after several years in the Valley. He lives here with his wife Shar and their two daughters Hailey, 10, and Willow, 2.
Alley said Guttery started working for the city as a temporary worker in the Parks Department only two years ago. He also served as the pool manager for the last year.
“John’s been promoted from temporary worker to department head faster than anyone I can remember,” said Alley.
He said with Guttery’s appointment to the parks and recreation post, Kelley will now go on with his regular duties as head of the Facilities Maintenance Department and will also take on the role of head of special projects for the city.
Alley said that post could see Kelley overseeing anything from putting in a new facility, to city clean-up ef-forts to acting as liaison between the Navajo County Fair Board and the City.
“Basically, it could be anything,” said Alley. “He’ll be in charge of the things I don’t have time to do myself. He’s pretty handy and has done a lot of work with public works.”
Kelley has been working for the city for 18 years.
“We’re extremely pleased with both of them,” Alley said of Kelley and Guttery. “We’re really pleased with the job they’ve done in bringing the Parks Department in line.”
By Nick Worth