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Bryan Montgomery, Stephen Rymer also in running for top administrative position

Gresham City Council has selected Milwaukie City Manager Ann Ober among Gresham's three finalists for its city manager position.

Ann OberOber has been top administrator of Milwaukie since 2016, but she would be moving up from running a city of about 20,000 to 110,000 population. Ober currently makes a $157,000 base annual salary at Milwaukie, but the Gresham position will pay $185,000-$225,000.

Ober began her local government career in 2005 when she was hired by Salt Lake County, Utah. For more than six years she worked in community relations, diversity affairs, environmental policy and government affairs. She then shifted to director of the public services administrative division director for the Salt Lake City Corp, Utah. That was followed by serving as senior policy advisor and government affairs director for Park City Municipal, Utah.

Bryan Montgomery and Stephen Rymer were also selected from a pool of more than 64 candidates who applied for the Gresham role, which was vacated in June upon the retirement of longtime City Manager Erik Kvarsten.

The Gresham city manager serves as the chief executive officer of the city, overseeing staff and departments while carrying out the direction of council.

Montgomery served as the city manager of Oakley, California, since 2005. His public administration career began in 1994 when he joined the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, as the assistant city manager. He then transitioned to Rupert, Idaho, as city administrator for one and a half years.

Rymer has been the city administrator of Rochester, Minnesota, since 2017. His first city manager role was with the city of Morgan Hill, California, for four years. He has 15 years of community services and parks and recreation-related leadership experience in New Brighton, Minnesota and Morgan Hill.

Meet the candidates

The city is seeking input and questions from the community during its search for a new city manager.

At 5:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, Mayor Travis Stovall is hosting a virtual community forum to introduce the finalists. Each candidate will be interviewed for 30 minutes; and will be asked questions submitted by the community. Afterward attendees will be able to provide feedback about the candidates through an online survey.

The link to join the forum next week is bit.ly/357MpyU


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