Candidates meet and greet public
In the aftermath of current City Administrator Rick Robinson's announcement he will retire at the end of October, the City of Canby hired a recruitment firm that would eventually receive applications from 54 potential candidates.That number was later whittled down to five. On July 8, one candidate dropped out, two days later two more left, and then there were two.
Brian Latta and Scott McClure were the candidates residents met on Thursday night. The City Council selected one of them to come on board Thursday night, but background and other pertinent checks had to be made before his name could be released. That likely will happen at the July 17 council meeting.
McClure went to high school in Gladstone. He has a long history as an administrator with his most recent administrator position in Monmouth where he's been serving for 12 years. Prior to that he spent a couple of years in Coos Bay and six years as an administrator in eastern Colorado, where he started as an assistant. Early in his career he spent a couple of years in Gresham learning the ropes.
"I enjoy [working in] Monmouth and I really like Canby. It's a great place to live and [the city and city council] is a good organization," McClure said. "I've been in the field for 30 years and I work well with people," he told the Herald. He wants to continue what Robinson has done.
He said he understands how to revitalize Canby's downtown.
"It (Monmouth's) was boring and in some cases decrepit. We've restored the old buildings and businesses that were at the bottom have risen back up on top."
Latta is currently the city administrator for Harrisburg, Oregon, and joked he occasionally receives calls from people who are trying to reach Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
He's been city administrator in Harrisburg for six years. Prior to that he was the associate planner for the City of Corvallis.
Canby already is in good stead because of Robinson, the current city administrator, he said. But the city is growing and you don't want to lose its small-town charm because of that growth, he told the Herald.
He noted he has good communication skills and is good at bringing people together when topics are contentious. He also said he's a good negotiator working out conflicts with departments.
Both noted they are good with using Urban Renewal funds to revitalize areas and both congratulated Canby for its strong staff.
Quite a crowd of residents came to meet the candidates. At least 50 people filled the Canby Police Community Room. Following the Meet and Greet, City Council members met and spent a few hours deciding which candidate is the best fit.
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