Cherlene Penilla Nicholle Harris Rick Carr

Cherlene Penilla, left, is Avondale’s new deputy city manager. Nicholle Harris is the city’s new city attorney and Rick Carr assistant director of Engineering Services.

Avondale made several hires and promotions recently.

The city promoted longtime staff member Cherlene Penilla to deputy city manager.

Penilla joined Avondale 20 years ago as human resources director, after serving as Yuma County’s HR director for 13 years.

Said Avondale City Manager Charles Montoya, “Cherlene brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She understands the history, as well as the present needs of the organization. Throughout her tenure, she has worked hard to ensure that the city hires and retains the best employees. As the organization continues to grow, it’s important to have that talent on the executive leadership team, and I am pleased to announce her promotion to deputy city manager.”

Nicholle Harris, previously the interim city attorney, had that position become permanent, as Avondale City Council voted to make Harris the city’s in-house legal counsel. She was hired as deputy city attorney for Avondale in June 2019.

And Rick Carr is Avondale’s new assistant director of the Engineering Services Department.