Day: September 11, 2013

A labor of love – and pizza

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The company rule was Dan Hughes couldn’t date an employee. But dating a fellow manager? There was no rule at Figaro’s Pizza against that. Dan and Nikki Hughes, owners of the Figaro’s Pizza at 5460 River Road N in Keizer plus one in Salem and another in McMinnville, were recently named 2013 Franchise Owners of the Year for Figaro’s. But their story starts earlier. Dan started working at Figaro’s in May 1990. By the summer of 1995 he was a manager for Jim and Paula Newman, who owned several successful Figaro’s stores. Nikki, who had been working at the Figaro’s on Lancaster Drive in Salem, was promoted to a management position by Jim Newman. Dan was asked to train Nikki starting that August. “We just hit it off,” Nikki said. “He asked me out by the end of September.” Before asking Nikki out, however, Dan had to make sure it was permissible with the Newmans. “The inner company policy is you don’t date employees,” Dan said. “She was a fellow manager, so that was different. But I had to make sure I could do it.” The two were engaged in May 1996 and married that November. “It was a good 15 months,” Dan said with a chuckle. “I had asked (the Newmans) if it was all okay. They were happy for us. They...

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City posts for parks supervisor

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes City leaders late last week posted a job opening for the parks supervisor position. Machell DePina, Human Resources director for Keizer, said the closing date for applications will be Monday, Sept. 16. Terry Witham officially retired from the city on June 6. DePina said Witham had worked for the city for almost 17 years, with his position changing a few times during his Public Works career. He was named Parks Supervisor in November 2009. Since Witham’s retirement, Robert Johnson has been serving as the interim Parks Supervisor. Johnson has been with the city since November 2007. The Parks Supervisor reports to the Public Works director in Keizer, a job held by Bill Lawyer. Lawyer took over the job last year on an interim basis following the retirement of Rob Kissler, then was selected for the permanent position. Technically, the classification title for the parks job is now Municipal Utility Worker III – Parks. The working title is Parks and Facilities Supervisor. “As a part of a recent review and update of all city job descriptions, we added facilities to this classification,” DePina...

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