Denise Carey will retire in February, after working for the city for more than two decades


With longtime Estacada City Manager Denise Carey planning to retire in February, the city will submit a request for proposals for recruitment agencies to help facilitate the search for her replacement.

During a City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 23, Carey told counselors she had asked other cities in the state for agencies they had worked with in the past. The list included Jensen Strategies, Waldron HR, Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, The Prothman Company and Karras Consulting.

Councilors will review proposals and choose a consultant during their Monday, Sept. 27, meeting. Once the consultant is hired, a timeline will be developed for the recruitment process.

Carey has been Estacada's city manager since August 2015. Prior to that, she was the city recorder and finance director for 23 years. 

In other news from the Aug. 23 City Council meeting:

n Councilors approved a letter of support for a grant from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development that could provide funding for the city's Housing Needs Analysis project.

n Jennifer Strickland was appointed to an opening on the city's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. City leaders also received an application from Kimberlee Ables, and councilors were divided 3-3 on who to appoint to the position and opted to wait until the Aug. 23 meeting when all seven members would be present and the tie could be broken.

During the Aug. 23 meeting, Councilor Joel Litkie noted that Ables had temporarily moved outside of the Estacada School District boundaries last year, which would disqualify her from the position per the city code. Councilor Jerry Tenbush pointed out that she had continued to pay taxes on her Estacada property during this time. Carey said that per the city code, the temporary move would disqualify Ables from the position.

n Council gave the consensus that vacancies on committees should be posted for 20 days and submitted to the city website, Facebook, Chamber newsletter and Estacada News.

n After a discussion with a teenager about the city's work on sustainability, Councilor Katy Dunsmuir suggested that the topic be added to the council's goals.

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