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Top seat at City Hall open with retirement of Nolan Young; plan to hire by early next year

The city of Fairview is launching a search for a new person to take the helm at City Hall.

Fairview is in search of a city administrator, the top appointed official who oversees 26 employees, an annual budget of $30.2 million, and services for a community that just surpassed 10,000 residents.

The role is open after the retirement of Nolan Young, a long-time municipal leader who served Fairview since 2016. He leaves in January 2022.

Fairview City Council has approved a recruitment profile for the city administrator position. Preferred candidates will have an advanced degree in public administration or related fields, and at least 10 years of experience. See all requirements online at

The plan is to have finalists by Dec. 6, and to make a hire early January of next year.

Jensen Strategies, a Portland consulting firm with a focus on the public sector service, is leading the search. They have recruited leaders for the cities of Ashland, Hood River, Cannon Beach and Sisters.

The new city administrator will take over during a crucial time for the city. Fairview is nearing completion on a rebranding, and its first food cart pod is under construction. Major urban renewal projects, including a roundabout that will serve as a gateway from Interstate 84, are in the works. City leaders are also working in concert with Wood Village, Troutdale and McMenamins Edgefield to remake Halsey Street into a pedestrian-friendly "Main Street."

Fairview's population has grown 17% in the past decade, according to the 2020 U.S. Census, which places the city at 10,424 residents. One in five are Hispanic, Asian Pacific-Islander and other people of color.

For more information on the job opening, contact Erik Jensen with Jensen Strategies at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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