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Human resources and records manager since 2008 to fill shoes of Bill Peterson, who is retiring

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WOOD VILLAGE  - Greg Dirks will become Wood Village city manager in November. Greg Dirks, who has served as Wood Village's human resources and records manager since 2008, will become the municipality's new city manager, effective in November.

Mayor Scott Harden announced the decision to hire Dirks — out of 31 applicants and four finalists — to take the place of retiring City Manager Bill Peterson at the Wood Village City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, Sept. 24.

"Greg competed in a nationwide recruitment competition with 31 other candidates, and was the best candidate for the job," Harden said. "He was the obvious best choice and a unanimous choice of our council. We look forward to working with Greg in his new capacity."  

Consulting firm Prothman and Associates managed the national selection process, screening eight candidates they recommended to the council. The council then screened four candidates, conducted one electronic interview and used panels of regional professionals and community members to interview and comment on the top four candidates.

After serving the city as human resources manager for 10 years, Dirks became the half-time city manager in November 2017 to allow Peterson to reduce his workload and ease into retirement.

After hearing the council's decision on Tuesday night, Dirks indicated he was fully prepared to take on full-time city management responsibilities.

"I'm very honored that the City Council has entrusted me to serve as the next manager," he said on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25. "Wood Village is a special place for me, and not just because I grew up here, but because the City Council, appointed officials and the team at City Hall truly values the people that call Wood Village home."

"The city has a great legacy of high-quality managers," Dirks added, "and I'm looking forward to continuing in their footsteps, serving this wonderful community."

Before joining the city, Dirks — a Reynolds High School graduate — earned a bachelor's degree in public policy and administration from Western Oregon University, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a graduate certificate from USC in city/county management.

Calling the decision to hire Dirks a "no brainer," Patricia Smith, city councilor and former Wood Village mayor, emphasized that Dirks' community roots and professional experience will continue to serve the city well.

"Greg has lived in Wood Village for years, and his parents still live here," she said. "He knows the council and how we operate. He has relationships with the surrounding governing bodies and regional ones ... He is clearly the best man for the job."

Bill Peterson, who has served as the city's lead administrator for eight years, is pleased to pass the torch on to Dirks.

"Greg has tremendous knowledge of the area," Peterson said. "He has a great combination of fresh and new ideas to take new directions, and an understanding of the activities and actions already underway that will help Wood Village become a better community.

"Greg is a capable and wise individual," he added, "who will make a wonderful manager for this community that I love."


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