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Hammond has served as interim city manager since January, after the resignation of Michael Brown

HammondHillsboro's interim city manager Robby Hammond will take the position permanently, the city announced on Thursday.

The Hillsboro City Council selected Hammond unanimously out of 37 candidates who applied for the job from across the country.

"As a Council, we were in a position of strength, choosing from such high-quality leaders," said Mayor Steve Callaway. "In the end, we were united in our strong belief that Robby Hammond is the best person to lead Hillsboro. In Robby, we have a person who is part of our community and who is committed to Hillsboro's successful future.

Hammond has served as Hillsboro's interim city manager for the past seven months, after the resignation of Michael Brown, who left the city in January. Hammond came to the city in 2012 as director of human resources, and was named assistant city manager in 2016.

"Robby has led our organization with skill and expertise," Callaway said. "He is respected and supported throughout the community." As city manager, Hammond is the chief administrator for the city's 1,300 employees and reports directly to the City Council.

"My family and I love to call Hillsboro home," Hammond said. "Hillsboro is large enough to provide so many incredible amenities and city services, while still maintaining a strong sense of community … Hillsboro has a strong reputation of forward thinking and strategic planning, which has prepared us well for our current and future growth. All of these attributes make Hillsboro ideal for me, both personally and professionally, and I am grateful to be a part of this community."

Hillsboro conducted a nationwide search for a city manager.

City Councilor Fred Nachtigal said Hammond has demonstrated and understanding of both the city and the City Council's vision.

"Robby is extremely well qualified for the position — in temperament, education, and experience — and I very much look forward to working with him, into the future," he said.

Councilor Rick Van Beveren said Hammond has demonstrated strong leadership skills over his seven years with the city.

"He has done an excellent job, keeping and even accelerating the key initiatives the city has undertaken, while earning the trust and confidence of Councilors, senior leadership, staff, and the community members he serves," he said. "As City Manager, Robby will provide steady, competent, fiscally responsible, and principled leadership as Hillsboro grows into an even brighter future."



By Geoff Pursinger
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