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Bill Peterson to continue on part-time basis for square-mile city until fall, 2019

At Wood Village City Council's meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, councilors voted to authorize Mayor Scott Harden to renew City Manager Bill Peterson's part-time employment contract.

Peterson was hired by Wood Village in 2011 as the city's full-time manager. In 2017, Peterson retired from his full-time job, but continued to work for Wood Village on a half-time basis.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bill Peterson

Greg Dirks, Wood Village's human resources and records manager, has filled in for city management duties when Peterson is absent.

Former Wood Village Mayor Tim Clark was preparing Peterson's evaluation in September 2018, but the review fell through after Clark was diagnosed with cancer.

At start of this year, Clark resigned from the council to focus on his cancer treatment, and Harden was appointed mayor by his fellow councilors. In Wood Village, the mayor is not elected, but instead chosen by councilors every two years.

Foregoing the review process, Peterson asked the council to renew his employment agreement.

"I would recommend from the bottom of my heart: Please renew this contract," he said.

Peterson's prior contract expired on Nov. 30, 2018, and he has been working for the city without an official agreement since.

In the renewed contract, Wood Village pays Peterson monetary compensation only, and the city doesn't provide benefits. Because Peterson is officially retired from full-time work, he is receiving benefits from Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System.

Wood Village's current fiscal budget includes $132,720 to fund a full-time manager. With Peterson working part time the city only needs to pay Peterson $64,350.

Peterson expects he will step away from all city management duties when the contract expires on Nov. 30, 2019. Peterson plans to help councilors search for his replacement prior to his departure from the position.

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