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Bryan Montgomery, Ann Ober, Stephen Rymer vie for job with public interview next week

Ann OberFollowing a thorough process that was extended to find the best possible candidates, Gresham City Council has selected three finalists for the city manager position.

They are Bryan Montgomery, Ann Ober and Stephen Rymer — selected from a pool of more than 64 candidates who applied for the role, which was vacated in June upon the retirement of long-time 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 has been city manager of Oakley, Calif., 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.

Ober has been the city manager of Milwaukie since 2016. She 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.

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