Kelly Brooks to be Milwaukie's assistant manager
Kelly Brooks recently accepted an offer to serve as the city of Milwaukie's assistant city manager.
Brooks comes to the city from the Oregon Department of Transportation, where she has worked as the Region 1 policy and development manager. Brooks will start in Milwaukie on Dec. 4; the salary range for Milwaukie assistant city managers is $100,547 to $128,357 annually.
"Kelly has a wealth of knowledge and experience with a number of regional matters, and we're excited she's joining our team," said Ann Ober, Milwaukie city manager. "She understands how communities work and thrive, and her input will be invaluable as we move Milwaukie forward."
Most recently, Brooks managed more than 25 full-time staff along with the $7.5 million Region 1 budget for ODOT, which serves all of Clackamas, Multnomah and Hood River counties. She also administered the State Transportation Improvement Program for Region 1, and served as a representative on both the Joint Policy Committee on Transportation and Southwest Regional Transportation Council.
Prior to ODOT, Brooks worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative aid in Washington D.C., and a communication staff member in Oregon. She also spent several years lobbying Oregon lawmakers on behalf of municipal, transit, housing and energy clients.
"Milwaukie is becoming more and more well-known around the region, and its future is incredibly bright," Brooks said. "The city has several major projects coming up, a forward-thinking City Council and a very engaged community — Milwaukie is the place to be right now and I'm happy to have this opportunity."
As Milwaukie's assistant city manager, Brooks will oversee a variety of projects, including street improvements and park development, among others. She will also serve as the staff liaison for the city's Parks and Recreation Board.
Mitch Nieman, Milwaukie's former assistant city manager, left the city in early August "to pursue some investment opportunities."
"I know that's vague, but I don't have a lot of details other than that," said Milwaukie Public Affairs Specialist Jordan Imlah.