City has new building division head
After 15 years, Woodburn's building department has a new leader. Ted Cuno was recently hired to replace the retiring Steve Krieg.
Cuno has worked for the City of Dallas for the past 22 years in a similar capacity.
"Dallas was a great place for me to raise my family and be involved in the community," he said. "Now that my two daughters are out of the house, Woodburn looked like a great opportunity for me continue my career."
Cuno is familiar with Woodburn and its building department. Dallas and Woodburn have had an intergovernmental agreement in place for a number of years, which allowed Dallas to do plan reviews for Woodburn.
"We have similar business models and similar opinions on code issues, so I am not having to reinvent the wheel or the flavor of the department," he said. "I'm looking forward to the growth and the overall opportunities in Woodburn and to pick up the torch where Steve left off and make some improvements."
One improvement he will be implementing is E-Permitting.
"This will automatically tie different account numbers to the fees, streamline the entire permitting process and tracking of permits," Cuno said. "Licensed contractors will have access to it 24 hours a day, not limited to business hours. It will allow more accessibility and less mistakes on our end and it's a good process for customer service."
Cuno is a native Oregonian. He was born in Portland and graduated from Central High School in Monmouth. He received his training through Chemeketa Community College's building official program, which was recently brought back. He is on an advisory board for the college as well.
"He brings a professional style and temperament that fits well with our department and the community," said Community Development Director Chris Kerr. "His focus is on customer service and he is always mindful that the actions we take have an impact on our customers. I like his management style and the fact that he understands the top to bottom actions we take in our department have an impact on the community."
Kerr added that he is excited to get the E-Permitting process started.
"I can't wait to get this up and running and I told Ted it is his No. 1 priority," he said. "This will allow us to do reviews faster and more efficient and it is a more transparent process that will save the City money. It will eliminate unnecessary and redundant processes."
Cuno has been married to his wife, Patty, for 28 years and has two daughters in college, Marissa and Emily.
When he's not working he is an avid fisherman and now that he is done coaching his girls in a variety of sports, he hopes to enjoy it even more, especially at his family's summer home in Sun River.
"I used to have a steelhead tag for every month of the year and now that we have a house (in Sun River), I am looking forward to learning the fisheries over there," he said. "Maybe someday, after I retire, I wouldn't mind doing some river guiding. But that is down the road."