Wine leaves, search for replacement begins soon
The city of Tigard officially bid farewell to City Manager Marty Wine Friday, Oct.16, her last full day of work in a city where she oversaw its daily operations for the last nine years.
Wine begins her new job as city manager of Monmouth on Nov. 2. Kathy Nyland, Tigard's assistant city manager, was named interim city manager on Sept. 28 as the city conducts an extensive search to find Wine's replacement. At the same time Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine will not only continue in her current role but has been named interim assistant city manager until a new city manager is found.
"I am so grateful for the chance to serve Tigard, a great community, talented and innovative staff, a committed mayor and council who serve with care," Wine said in an email the day before she left. "I'm excited to see where Tigard goes next!"
Dana Bennett, the city's human resources director, said the city has selected SGR (Strategic Government Resources) as its recruiter in a search for a new city manager.
After conducting interviews with members of the Tigard City Council and city leadership, they are building a candidate profile, she said, which will formally open soon. The city manager position will likely be held open for a month.
Meanwhile, the Tigard City Council and several guests paid tribute to Wine at her final Oct. 13 council meeting, which was held virtually. Those who praised Wine's years of service included:
n Rep. Margaret Doherty, a Tigard resident who represents House District 35. Doherty thanked Wine for leading the city into the 21st Century. "You've brought us innovative ideas that have benefited all of the citizens of Tigard. We've had great leaders that have come onboard during your tenure and a lot of it, I think, has to do with you and as a state rep and a citizen of Tigard, I thank you so much."
-- Mayor Jason Snider: "I think it's important for our community to realize where our city was when Marty came. I liken, if you can think of the city as a child, I think our city was about maybe a ninth-grader when Marty came and Marty has ushered the city, very successfully, into young adulthood…"
-- Debi Mollahan, Tigard Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer: "You helped me gain so much understanding and insight into city government. I so valued and appreciated our monthly exchanges of what the city and chamber were each working on."
-- Dan Murphy, Broadway Rose Theatre's managing director, praised Wine for talking with him to get a sense of the community even before she had the job. "I also wanted to say she has been an incredibly approachable city manager on so many levels, so I thank her for that, " Murphy said.
-- Tom Anderson, Tigard City Council member, said the first time he attended a National League of Cities conference, he took a seminar entitled "How to Work with your City Manager" that he said turned out to be a complaint session where participants said it was difficult to work with their "ego-driven" city manager and they can't get anything done because it's so divisive. "I thought to myself, I'm in the wrong room because we don't have any of these problems," said Anderson. "We have great communications support and we get a lot done in Tigard."
-- Liz Newton, Tigard City Council member, also received a call from Wine before Wine was hired as city manager: "Marty impressed me because she was so prepared. She called me. None of the other candidates did. She asked me tons of questions. She did research."
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