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Chris J. Melville
City Manager

City Administration

Director Human Resources

Director Community Development  

 

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Debbie Sanchez
Chief Financial Officer

Finance Department

Anna Bartlome
City Clerk

City Clerk/Elections

Raul Naranjo
Public Works Director

Public Works & Utilities

 

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Cal Kunz (2)

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Jeff Knudtson
Fire Chief

Fire Department

Cal Kunz
Chief of Police

Police Department

Brian E. Boatman
Municipal Judge

Municipal Court

 

 


 

 

WestWendoverCity_04Chris J. Melville, City Manager; Director Human Resources & Community Development

Administration

Community Development

Human Resources

Chris is a lifetime resident of Wendover graduating Wendover High School in 1987.  He attended Utah State University where in 1992 he received a BS in Aerospace Technology - Flight with a Minor in Business Management. Chris is a FAA licensed Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor.

From 1991 to 1998, Chris was owner/operator of Icarus Aviation, Inc., and the Airport Manager for Wendover Airport, the youngest in the nation at the time.  During his tenure, the Wendover Airport became certified for commercial scheduled service and operated two air carrier flights daily as part of a casino flight program, which flew to over 100 cities nationwide enplaning over 68,000 passengers annually. As well the airport completed over $12 million in airport improvements as well as initiating its Historic Properties Improvement and Preservation Program with the establishment of the "Hall of Honor"; a museum to commemorate Wendover's role in World War II and those who served. 

In 1998, Chris joined the City of West Wendover's Engineering Department and within a year was appointed as the Director of the City's new Community Development Department. Later, Chris was promoted to the position of Assistant City Manager and in 2002 was appointed as the City Manager, the position he holds today along with that of Director of Community Development and Director of Human Resources.

During his time with the City of West Wendover, Chris has been involved in many progressive accomplishments for the community including:  Streamlining operations of several city departments to serve the public more efficiently and effectively; establishing and promoting a positive impact managerial style focusing on employee quality, commitment, input and adherence to established standards for the city; establishing and incorporating appropriate human resource/personnel policies and procedures; initiating online services, information systems, marketing and tourism, land use planning and leading over $35 million in infrastructure investments for the community including the development of the City’s Downtown Area, construction of the new City Hall and a new Waste Water Treatment Facility among others; all in an effort to improve the community’s quality of life and provide the basis for growth and development into the future.

In managing a City, above all, Chris believes in the importance of a vision and commitment for a better community and the vision and commitment of the employees of the City to lead, foster and provide the path for that vision.

During his multi-faceted career, Chris has received many awards and honors such as:  Accreditation as a Certified Public Official from Nevada Public Agency Insurance Pool, Certified Airport Executive status from the SWAAAE, NPAIP Human Resource Achievement Awards, Community Service Awards from Wendover City, the prestigious Utah Airport Operator of the Year Award from Utah State Aeronautics as well as a Commendation from the United States Marine Corps for his work and commitment to the Wendover Airport, the National Air Transportation System and that of National Defense.

Chris enjoys spending all the time he can with his husband Arturo working on home projects, gardening, photography, flying, traveling as well as time with he and his husband's family members here in the U.S. and in Mexico and of course spending time with friends.
 

Debbie Sanchez 2Debbie Sanchez, Chief Financial Officer

Finance Department

Debbie Sanchez comes to the City of West Wendover with 37 years of municipal governmental experience in finance, leadership, management, and administration. 

She came to West Wendover from Mapleton City, Utah, where she was the City’s Finance Director.  Her experience includes also serving as Internal Services Director for the City of Mesquite, Nevada, and the Finance Director for North Ogden City, Utah.  She began her career as a City Treasurer for Clearfield City, Utah, eventually becoming the city’s Finance Director and serving as President of the Utah Association of Public Treasurers.

Debbie has been a member of the National Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) since 1995 and served two years on the Utah Government Finance Officers Association Board. 

Debbie holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, and an Associate of Science in Computer Information from Weber State University where she also served as Vice-President of the Weber State University MBA Alumni Association.

Debbie recently became a grandmother and adores her two grand-babies. She enjoys traveling with her husband, golfing, dancing and loves dressing up for Halloween.

 

 

WestWendoverCity_01Anna Bartlome, City Clerk

City Clerk/ Elections

Anna is a lifetime resident of Wendover and a graduate of Wendover High School.  

She has taken great pride in watching the City grow from its once small outpost in the desert to the city which it is today.  Anna enjoys spending time with her family as well as reading, doing crafts, attending concerts and traveling all across the country and the globe when able.  

Anna was appointed the City Clerk/Records Officer in August of 2002, the position she holds today.  Among many of her duties she prepares and coordinates City Council agendas and minutes, oversees City elections, issues business licenses, is responsible for record retention and is the keeper of the official City Seal.  Additionally she enjoys coordinating some of the many community events which the city sponsors on an annual basis including the July 4th activities, Christmas program and many others.


Raul Naranjo 250x313Raul Naranjo, Public Works Director

Public Works/ Utilities

Raul was born in Mexico, his family immigrating to the United States in 1973. He grew up in San Diego, California, where he graduated from San Diego High School in 1989.

After high school Raul joined the United States Marine Corps, and he served from 1989 to 1993. He was involved in the Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) in 1991 and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993 as an Artilleryman.

Raul also served two years in the Navy Reserves as a hydraulic specialist in a helicopter squadron stationed at North Island Naval Air Station.

After his years of military service Raul went to work for Chem-Tronics an aerospace company in the San Diego area. The company made and repaired parts for commercial and military aviation and NASA. This is where Raul began his career in the wastewater industry. He was in charge of the on-site treatment plant for industrial waste, hazmat disposal operations and his last year at the company he worked as a chemical analyst.

In 1997 Raul and his family moved to West Wendover where he worked for the local gaming industry as a slot mechanic.  However, he knew he wanted to continue his career in the wastewater industry and so when a vacancy opened at the City’s wastewater treatment plant he quickly applied.

Raul was hired by the City in 2000 as a Wastewater Operator 1.   Since being employed with the City, he has received several promotions including Wastewater Operators 2 and 3 and most recently he was promoted to the position of Utility Operations Manager. 

Raul has been involved in several upgrades to the plant and water transmission system. Some of his major duties in the past have included managing and operating the Wastewater Treatment Facility, general water system operations and managing the Compost Facility. Raul has also served as the Laboratory Director for the Wastewater Laboratory and for the past ten years he has served the community as one of our Part Time Fire Fighter for the West Wendover Fire Department where he has achieved the rank of Lieutenant.

Raul has various Certifications including: Wastewater Operator IV, Water Distribution Operator III, Laboratory Quality Analyst I, Firefighter II and Hazmat Technician.

On a personal level Raul enjoys spending time with his family and friends and traveling.

He enjoys working for the City of West Wendover and looks forward to the challenges and great things to come as its Public Works Director.

 

WestWendoverCity_07Jeffrey "Jeff" Knudtson, Fire Chief & Building Official

Fire Department

Jeff spent seventeen years in the fire service in north Spokane County Washington. He was both a Chief, Battalion Chief Volunteer Firefighter and a Captain for the paid professional department. Jeff moved to West Wendover in 1984 and in 1992 became the Fire Chief for the City of West Wendover soon after the City incorporated. Since its inception, Jeff has led the Fire Department through its growth in order to keep pace with our growing community. 

The Department has gone from one fire engine to thirteen pieces of fire related equipment and from seven original fire fighters to twenty. All total, the Department now has four full time paid staff with fifteen to twenty part time personnel.  Under Jeff's supervision, the Department goes on about seven hundred incidents a year those numbers continuing to increase. Jeff has led the Department from one of very little experience to one which every member is nationally IFSAC certified in firefighting, auto extrication, high and confined space rope rescue, EMT basic medical response, all hazard specialized response to radiological and hazardous materials incidents, fire inspections, arson investigation and public education. The Department, under the able and professional administration of Jeff, leads the State on training and abilities of personnel to ensure the safety of citizens, their property and life.

As well as the Fire Chief, Jeff also is the City's Director of Emergency Management and the City Building Official.  All four full time staff are trained and certified in several of the Building Inspection ICC Certifications.
 

Cal Kunz (2)Cal Kunz, Chief of Police

Police Department

Cal served the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) for over 21 years and retired in 2016 at the rank of Lieutenant.

While working as a lieutenant for SLCPD, Cal was assigned as the Internal Affairs Unit Commander. He held this position for 6 years and oversaw the day to day activities as well as all internal employee investigations, officer involved shootings and discipline procedures.

Cal received specialized training as an emergency operations center (EOC) incident commander for the SLCPD and was designated as an EOC Commander in the event of a major event requiring a combined effort of city resources. Cal has been an incident commander for numerous events to include tactical situations as well as weather/environmental emergencies.

Prior to the internal affairs unit, Cal was assigned as a Patrol Watch Commander for 3 years overseeing day to day police operations. He also served as a supervisor for several SLCPD units to include; patrol, patrol administration, bicycle patrol unit, training unit/police academy and the crisis intervention team (CIT.)

As an Officer, Cal spent 5 years in an undercover narcotics detective assignment. He worked for the SLCPD Narcotics Unit as well as the DEA Task Force. He was also a member of the SWAT team.

After leaving SLCPD, Cal became the Chief of Police for the city of Ontario, Oregon where he served for nearly three years until accepting the position as the Chief of Police for the City of West Wendover in January of 2019.

Cal has obtained a Criminal Justice Degree, is a 2005 graduate of the West Point Leadership Program and graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command, session #429.