City of Ridgefield welcomes new additions

Gaylynn Brien has accepted the position of director of finance and administration at the City of Ridgefield.

Brien previously served as the finance manager for the Clark County Health Department and has 15 years experience in financial and accounting management with governmental entities including the City of Portland, the Southwest Washington Health Agency and Clark County. Brien has an MBA from Washington State University Vancouver and is a certified management accountant.

Eric Pennala has also joined the city’s team as community development manager. Pennala is responsible for all phases of growth management, zoning administration, permitting and land use development management. Pennala has eight years experience with the cities of Maple Valley and Grants Pass, Ore., and holds Master’s Degrees in urban and regional planning and public administration.