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Peter Brandom, John Cárdenas or Gabriel Martin will succeed longtime administrator Rob Drake.

PMG FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - People stream into the new Cornelius Public Library at its grand opening in 2019.Cornelius has narrowed down its top candidates to become the next city manager to three.

Members of the public will have a chance to meet the three finalists — Peter Brandom, John Cárdenas and Gabriel Martin — from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at an in-person round table discussion at the Cornelius Public Library.

The next city manager will succeed Rob Drake, who is retiring after more than a decade as Cornelius city manager. Drake is also a former four-term Beaverton mayor.

Drake announced plans to retire this summer at the end of last year.

COURTESY PHOTO - Peter BrandomBrandom is a senior project manager in neighboring Hillsboro, working for the city government there. He has spent 14 years in local government management, according to a news release announcing the finalists in Cornelius.

Brandom also worked as a White House intern and staff assistant during the Clinton administration.

"I am honored to be among the finalists to lead this great organization in support of the Cornelius City Council and community," Brandom said in a statement, describing Cornelius as "a special place with strong, passionate leaders."

COURTESY PHOTO - John CardenasCárdenas is construction business and workforce senior project manager for Prosper Portland. He previously worked under then-Portland Mayor Tom Potter as an economic development policy manager. He has 15 years of local government management experience, according to the Cornelius news release.

Cárdenas described himself as "thrilled" to be in the running for city manager.

"It would be an honor and a pleasure to serve as your next city manager, a job I would do with pride," Cárdenas said in a statement.

COURTESY PHOTO - Gabriel MartinMartin is the only one of the three candidates with experience as a city manager, a job he holds now in Coachella, California. He has worked in Oregon before, serving as economic development and urban renewal program manager in Redmond. He boasts eight years of local government management experience.

"I am honored to have been selected as a finalist" for city manager, Martin said in a statement, calling Cornelius "a beautiful and welcoming community … that allows visitors to enjoy a small-town experience."

He added, "I am looking forward to my interview."

Spanish translation services are available on request for Tuesday's round table discussion with the three finalists. To make language or accessibility accommodations, contact Emily Rehder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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