Public can provide feedback on commissioners' five options at Jan. 7 meet and greet

Clackamas County commissioners have named five candidates as finalists in a nationwide search for a new County Administrator. The county is seeking to replace County Administrator Don Krupp, who set his retirement set for Jan. 31.

PHOTO BY RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Don Krupp, Clackamas County's top manager (left), recognizes this month's retirement of Building Codes administrator Scott Caufield as Commissioner Martha Scrader looks on.Clackamas County's two previous top managers left service involuntarily, but Krupp, 65, gave county commissioners six-month's notice that he plans to retire. The county has an annual budget of $845 million for general governmental services and about 2,100 full-time employees.

Don KruppAs the county's top official, the administrator manages the employees and activities of the county by implementing the policies and goals of the Board of County Commissioners. Those five elected officials are in charge of hiring (or firing) the county administrator.

The five finalists are:

· Darryl (Troy) Bell, former deputy city manager of Walla Walla, Washington

· Martha Bennett, Metro chief operating officer

· Walter Bobkiewicz, city manager of Evanston, Illinois.

· Laurel Butman, Clackamas County deputy administrator

· Gary Schmidt, Clackamas County director of public and government affairs.

Candidate interviews will take place in early January, but are closed to the public.

"This particular environment here in Clackamas County and this particular position we should be able to attract someone with great talent and expertise," Krupp said in a previous story. "The best thing you can bring to the job is patience and an ability to be able to listen to others."

Clackamas County provides a $165,583 to $223,499 salary range for this position, depending on qualifications and experience, and a 6.27 percent employer-paid deferred compensation plan. Other benefits include health, dental, life insurance, longevity pay, paid vacation and sick leave.

Members of the public are invited to meet the finalists and provide feedback to county commissioners during a public reception Monday, Jan. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

Commissioners hope to name the new county administrator by late January with an anticipated starting date by March.

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