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The Sherwood City Council unanimously selected Keith Campbell as its newest city manager Thursday evening.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Keith Campbell, the current city manager at Stayton, was selected as Sherwood's new city manager on Thursday evening.The Sherwood City Council on Thursday evening approved hiring Keith Campbell to become its newest city manager.

The council approved the selection of Campbell, who currently works as city manager of Stayton — a rural community east of Salem — in a 7-0 vote during a special meeting that lasted less than five minutes.

Campbell was selected as the council's top pick out of 34 applicants who applied nationwide.COURTESY PHOTO VIA LINKEDIN - CAMPBELL

"I am incredibly honored and humbled for the opportunity to become the next city manager of Sherwood," Campbell said in a statement provided to The Times and Sherwood Gazette newspapers. "My family and I are excited to become part of the Sherwood community. I look forward to working collaboratively with the stakeholders, governing body, and staff to continue to make Sherwood an outstanding place to live, work, and play."

Campbell replaces former city manager Joe Gall, who left to become chief utility relations officer with Clean Water Services in May. Since then, Kristen Switzer, the city's community services director, has served as city manager pro tem.

"We are very excited to have Keith joining the city," Mayor Keith Mays said in a provided statement. "We have a number of important economic development and community projects underway, including expansion of Sherwood Broadband, construction of a pedestrian bridge over (Highway) 99W, and updating the city's comprehensive plan, and we are confident his skills and experience will allow him to hit the ground running."

Campbell is expected to begin his duties in Sherwood on Oct. 7.


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