Nina Vetter will be next Gresham City Manager
Gresham City Council tapped Nina Vetter to serve as the new city manager after a bumpy process that saw the first group of three candidates fall away. Vetter has served as the chief administrative officer/district manager of the Pueblo West Metropolitan District in Colorado since 2019.
In 2013, she was hired by the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a senior budget management analyst, and she quickly progressed to the role of strategy, performance and contract compliance manager. Vetter has worked in local and federal government since 2009. "Gresham will benefit from Ms. Vetter's demonstrated experience with budgeting and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, as well as her commitment to leading with integrity and transparency," Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall said in an announcement.
"After thoughtfully considering the priorities of our Council, the needs of our employees, and the input from the community, we believe that Ms. Vetter's skills will be critical to moving us forward," Stovall added.
The other candidates were Jamal Fox, city administrator of Camas, Washington, and Patrick Quinton, the CEO and co-founder of Dweller Inc., a housing development company.
Vetter earned her Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from George Washington University.
Vetter was selected from a nationwide search that was narrowed down to the three finalists. In addition to multiple interviews with City Council, the finalists participated in forums with city employees and the community. City staff and community members provided input on the interviews via an online survey.
The job opened up last summer when longtime City Manager Erik Kvarsten unexpectedly retired. City leaders scrambled to find a replacement, naming Eric Schmidt as the first interim manager. Three candidates were initially named and publicly interviewed for the job, but two dropped out and the city decided not to move forward with the third prospect. A second interim manager had been filling the slot, because Schmidt was only allowed to serve six months in the temporary position. City Council will vote to ratify Vetter's employment contract at their business meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 4. Vetter's first day will be Monday, June 28.
"I am honored and excited to serve as Gresham's City Manager. I look forward to joining Gresham and serving the city and community," Vetter said.
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