Alexandra Rains has served as interim city manager for past year and was selected for the permanent position.

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Interim Scappoose City Manager Alexandra Rains appears at a City Council meeting in January 2021.The Scappoose City Council on Friday, Aug. 27, named Alexandra Rains as its next city manager, continuing in a role she's held for the past year on an interim basis.

Rains was hired by a slim majority of the City Council, which voted 4-3 in her favor.

Rains was one of three candidates who were finalists for the position. Mayor Scott Burge, Council President Megan Greisen and Councilors Josh Poling and Brandon Lesowske voted in her favor. Councilors Joel Haugen, Pete McHugh and Tyler Miller voted against hiring Rains.

"I felt that she had the most potential to do really great things for the city of Scappoose," Burge said of Rains.

Greisen said she didn't take the hiring decision lightly.

"This is the biggest decision that we make as city councilors," she said.

Greisen said she was looking for candidates who brought "concrete, actionable items that could move the city forward," which Rains provided.

The vote to hire Rains came after roughly five hours of deliberations earlier Friday.

"At the end of the day, I think Alex is going to do an excellent job," Miller said. "She's really smart, she's organized, she's made a lot of connections."

The council motion allows Burge and the city's attorney to negotiate a contract with Rains, which will be brought back to the City Council for formal approval.

But the city's charter doesn't distinguish between interim or permanent city managers, so Rains' authority and responsibility won't change when "interim" is officially dropped from her title.

The city will still have to deal with issues in the police department, where the union representing officers issued a vote of no-confidence in Rains earlier this week.

Burge said that after the narrow vote to hire Rains, the council unanimously approved a motion to be support her as city manager, regardless of which candidate they preferred.

A second motion approved by the council stated, in part, "Although we don't unanimously agree on this choice of candidate, we unanimously agree to move forward together," Greisen said.

Miller said he and the two other "no" votes were in favor of hiring Gary Marks because he has more experience.

"We all intend to support Alex and work with her to make her very successful," Miller added. "I don't think there's going to be any question about that."

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