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Former Tualatin manager Stephen Rhodes will succeed Robert Davis upon his retirement Dec. 31.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Stephen Rhodes is the interim Washington County administrator when Robert Davis retires Dec. 31. Stephen Rhodes, who has worked in local government in Oregon and California, will step in as interim Washington County administrator when Robert Davis retires Dec. 31.

County commissioners voted Tuesday, Dec. 10, to approve an employment contract with Rhodes, who has been Tualatin city administrator (now manager) and Clackamas County manager (now administrator). The contract sets Rhodes' pay at $17,000 per month, not to exceed five months, plus a one-time payment of $7,600 when he starts the job.

He also starts with four days of paid leave and can accrue one day each month. He cannot cash out unused leave.

Commissioner Roy Rogers, who was mayor of Tualatin when Rhodes was named to that city's top administrative post, called him "an excellent choice." Rogers said he was unaware that Rhodes, who lives in California, had applied for the interim county position.

Rhodes starts Jan. 6.

A search is underway for a permanent successor to Davis, who is retiring after 35 years with the county, the past 13 1/2 years as county administrator. He said in his announcement in May his retirement was prompted by pending changes in Oregon's public-pension system.

Rhodes was city manager in Pacifica, California, from 2007 until 2013, when he retired after a total of 37 years in government. He spent nine months as interim city manager in Newberg between September 2015 and June 2016.

He was Tualatin city administrator (now manager) from 1982 to 1995. He was Clackamas County manager (now administrator) from 1995 until 2001, and was a project manager there in 2003-04. He was the first city manager of Damascus after it incorporated in 2004, and held the job from January 2005 until February 2006. (Damascus voted in 2016 to disband as a city, though the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled otherwise May 1, and an appeal is pending.)

He was a project coordinator for SERA Architects of Portland until he accepted the Pacifica job in 2007.

He earned a bachelor's degree in social science in 1969 and a law degree in 1974, both from the University of Oregon.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story contained a typographic error in one reference to the name of the county. It is Washington County. The story has been corrected.

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