Minnesota man selected to lead Tigard
The city administrator of Rochester, Minnesota, has been selected as Tigard's newest city manager.
On Tuesday evening, Steve Rymer was officially hired to head up the city of more than 55,000 residents following an unanimous vote by the Tigard City Council.
Rymer edged out two local contenders for the job — Sherwood City Manager Joe Gall and Tigard's current Interim City Manager Kathy Nyland — for the job, which begins Feb. 1. Nyland will stay on in her former position as Tigard assistant city manager.
Rymer's annual starting salary will be $196,000, an amount that will increase by 5% as of Feb. 1, 2022. He will also receive a $500 per month car allowance as well as a benefits and retirement package similar to that of other Tigard city management staff.
In a news release, Mayor Jason Snider stated that Rymer's experience was an important factor in the selecting him as the next city manager.
"With more than 20 years of experience in local government, including serving as city manager in Morgan Hill, California and Rochester, Minnesota, Steve Rymer is the right leader to move Tigard forward," Mayor Snider said. "He understands the work required to further advance our city's vision to become an equitable community that is walkable, healthy, and accessible."
Rymer's work in Rochester, a city of almost 120,000 residents, was preceded by a stint as city manager of Morgan Hill, a midsize suburb of San Jose, California. From there, Rymer worked his way up the ladder in Morgan Hill, also previously serving as director of community services and parks and recreation. He has also worked for the city of New Brighton, Minnesota, as parks and recreation director and community center manager.
Tigard began with a total of 50 applicants and narrowed it to 10 semifinalists for the city manager position. That number that was subsequently reduced to three finalists, who were interviewed by Mayor Jason Snider and city department heads.
Rymer replaces Marty Wine, who left her position in November after almost a decade with the city. She is now city manager in Monmouth.
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