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By Chong W. Pyen


Ann Arbor City Hall, which has several top level vacancies, will soon have two department heads appointed.

Godfrey Collins, acting city administrator, has selected the directors of the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Engineering and will seek council confirmation Nov. 5.

Leigh Chizek, 37, engineering supervisor in the Streets, Traffic and Parking Department, has been tapped for the engineering post created in a recent reorganization.

Vern J. Hartenburg, 31, executive director of parks and engineering for the city of Evansville, Ind., is the choice for the similar position here. If formally appointed, he will succeed George R. Owers who resigned earlier this year to take a job in Florida.

THE ENGINEERING director’s salary is $35,000, and the parks chief will get $32,000. If confirmed, both appointments will take effect Dec. 1.

Meanwhile, a search continues for a new police chief to succeed Walter E. Krasny who will retire early next year.

Also, 21 candidates have been selected from a field of scores of applicants for the city administrator’s job, left vacant since Sylvester Murray resigned last month to become city manager in Cincinnati. The 21 persons were selected by the San Francisco consulting firm of Korn-Ferry International.

Their resumes have been distributed to a citizen screening panel for individual ranking in order of preference. Council members will also receive the same data shortly for their own evaluation, said Mayor Louis D. Belcher. Council then will narrow the field to five or six for initial interviews, followed by final interviews with two or three in public sessions, he said. Formal appointment is likely by Dec. 1.