Eric Zimmerman ran for commissioner in Multnomah County in 2016. He replaces Liz Newton, a longtime city employee.

Eric Zimmerman.A former candidate for the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners has been hired as Tigard's assistant city manager, replacing Liz Newton, who retired last month.

The City of Tigard announced the hiring of Eric Zimmerman on Monday afternoon, July 10. Zimmerman ran unsuccessfully for District 1 in Multnomah County last year, losing to Sharon Meieran. He had been serving as chief of staff to former Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel.

Zimmerman is a captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who served in Iraq in 2009 with the Oregon Army National Guard. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

"We conducted a national search and wanted a leader who understood the city's core values and had the vison and skills to help our city achieve its key priorities," City Manager Marty Wine said in a news release. "Zimmerman stood out from many qualified candidates."

Zimmerman is a resident of Portland. He is a graduate of the University of Portland.

Newton, whom he replaces as assistant city manager, was one of the longest-serving employees in the City of Tigard at the time of her retirement at the end of last month. She told The Times earlier this year she plans to remain active in the Tigard community, where she has lived since 2003.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story misstated Zimmerman's position in the Army National Guard, based on incorrect information provided by the City of Tigard. He is an active captain in the National Guard. The story has been updated.

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