Kurt Wilson selected as Beaverton's first interim city manager
Beaverton is welcoming a new interim city manager ahead of the new year.
On Monday, Dec. 12, the city announced that the Beaverton City Council appointed Kurt Wilson as the city's first interim city manager and newest member of Beaverton's management team.
Wilson most recently served the city of Stockton, California, first as the deputy city manager in 2012 and then as the city manager from 2014 to 2019.
"We are pleased to welcome Kurt to Beaverton," said City Councilor Mark Fagin. "This is a significant time of change for our city and we are committed to proceeding in a thoughtful and deliberate manner."
Wilson's hiring is the next step in implementation of Beaverton's new city charter that was approved by voters in May. The new charter goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
The interim city manager will support the transition to the new city charter and the recruitment, selection and early onboarding of a long-term city manager.
The appointment follows a recruitment process that included community input earlier this month and was facilitated with support from an external search firm.
"As someone who has worked as an elected official and as a city manager, I am familiar with the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of a council-manager form of government," Wilson said. "I'm honored to serve in this transitional role so I can be part of a team that will continue to deliver strong results and allow others to share my excitement for this historic change."
Beaverton's new charter changes the city's structure from a mayor-council to a council-manager form of government. The city is expected to appoint a long-term city manager in the first half of next year after community engagement.
Wilson left the door open during the hiring process to applying for the permanent position.
The city manager will report to the Beaverton City Council, as well as provide administrative direction, support to city initiatives and leadership to all city departments.
The new charter also expands the existing City Council by adding a full-time mayor and part-time city councilor, implements term limits and updates language references.
Wilson is expected to begin the interim city manager position on Dec. 15 and will serve in the role for approximately six months.
Wilson's local government employment began in 2006 in San Bernardino, California, as the director of the city's office of community safety and violence prevention. He then transitioned to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he served as the chief of external affairs and then the executive director of the Correction Standards Authority.
Wilson also landed his first city manager role with the city of Ridgecrest, California. According to the announcement, he has also served as an elected city councilor, mayor pro tempore and commissioner.
This is Wilson's first job in local government since the Stockton City Council fired him in July 2019. At the time, Mayor Michael Tubbs said Stockton needed "a different vision and outlook" on issues like development, homelessness and public safety.
Wilson later sued the city for breach of contract and violating California's open meetings law, since the council voted to fire him in a closed-door session.
Tubbs lost his re-election bid last month.
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