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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

Bryce Kimber, Jr.
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.


WestWendoverCity_10Bryce Kimber, Jr., Director Public Works

Public Works/ Utilities

Bryce was born in Elko, Nevada and then raised in a small town in northwestern Nevada called Montello. Bryce attended grade school in Montello to the 8th grade, then made the 100 mile round-trip trek to attend Wells High School. Bryce graduated from Wells High School in 1978.

Upon graduation from high school Bryce was employed with Crafco, a position which allowed him to see many different parts of the country and also gave him experience in road maintenance. After this time he returned home and married his high school sweet heart and now life long partner who is still by his side today.

He worked the family ranch and did a lot of custom farming for other larger ranches in the area. His family also operated a small construction business where he gained experience in the operation of all types of equipment including various aspects of the construction trade, something that would serve him well into the future.

Leaving his family business in late 1993, he went to work for RO, Peterson Construction Company as a foreman, doing various types of construction work; from building parking lots, installing water lines, building railroad spurs and everything in between.

Bryce began his employment with the City of West Wendover in 1997 as a heavy equipment operator and in 1999, he and his family moved their residence to West Wendover.  Shortly after being employed Bryce became the Public Works Supervisor serving in that position until 2005, when he was promoted and appointed to the position of Public Works Director the position he holds today. Since Bryce has been employed with the City of West Wendover he has earned numerous certificates and been a part of great accomplishments within and for the City.

In his own words, "It is great to be part of such an exciting and enthusiastic team, who can work together to accomplish common goals".

 

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.