Newberg names interim city manager
The city of Newberg has selected an interim replacement for retiring City Manager Joe Hannan.
As per the request of the City Manager Recruitment Subcommittee, the City Council appointed David Clyne as the pro tem city manager. Clyne is the former city manager of Independence and has 40 years of experience working in municipal government.
Hannan is slated to retire at the beginning of August after three years on the job, but has agreed to stay on to help the city recruit a full-time replacement.
City Councilor Elise Yarnell Hollamon, chairwoman of the subcommittee, said Clyne has experience as a city manager all around the country, but his work in Independence before retiring was particularly relevant to the needs of Newberg.
"He has various, really successful initiatives," Hollamon said. "He developed their riverfront; it's actually really gorgeous. He brought in a mid-tier hotel. And he worked to develop a strong relationship with the Latino community in the city of Independence. So he did a lot with the city around diversity and inclusion."
Hollamon said the city of Newberg is excited to bring Clyne's experience in for an interim position, as the city continues to try to better engage with its Hispanic population.
The subcommittee met and interviewed two candidates for the interim position, ultimately deciding to select Clyne. He will take over on July 22, while Hannan's last day is Aug. 1. Hollamon said while she did have conversations with more individuals, the subcommittee only interviewed two candidates.
"They both had really great strengths and qualifications," she said.
While she didn't name the other candidate, she said the individual was looking for a more permanent position. City officials, however, wanted to bring in someone who has expertise in recruiting and hiring a permanent city manager, but wasn't necessarily looking to become one.
"David's experience is really relevant to the challenges we're facing in Newberg today," she said.
The subcommittee will continue to work toward finding a permanent city manager, however Hollamon said the group will expand to a fuller committee. She said she wasn't sure who would be on the committee just yet, but added it would include city staff and department heads, as well as community stakeholders. The goal is to still hire a permanent city manager within a year.
The search could turn toward a national search firm, which the council has indicated it was interested in doing.
The applicant pool would likely be made up of candidates from Oregon, California, Washington and Idaho, Hannan has said, although Californian candidates may be out of the city's price range.
Hannan has offered to stay on and help with the recruitment and hiring process, and plans to remain around Newberg even after retirement.
After an advertising process, the city will winnow candidates down to a few finalists. After that, city councilors may choose to visit the finalists' hometowns after interviews.