City manager candidates to (virtually) meet with citizens, staff June 30
After sacking City Manager Eileen Stein in January, the West Linn City Council is nearing the end of its search for the city's next top administrator.
The council plans for the three finalists to virtually meet with an approved panel of 45 citizens and staff members June 30.
In a social media post, the city named the three finalists as John Williams, who is currently serving as interim city manager; Jim Middaugh, the communications director at Metro; and Jerry Gabrielatos, the assistant city manager of Albert Lea, Minnesota.
Initially, 63 candidates applied for the position. The council narrowed the field down to 13 and interviewed 10 of those after three dropped out.
After the initial interviews, the council selected six to return for a second round. From there, the three finalists were selected.
The council recently solicited community members and city staffers to apply for positions on the interview panel. The council selected 45 of the applicants and other advisors for the panel.
Williams has been with the city for three years, initially serving as community development director. He eventually added "deputy city manager" to his job title, leading him to take over as interim manager after Stein's ousting earlier this year. Early in the discussions of city manager recruitment, many community members expressed support for Williams to take the job permanently.
However, since then the city has been shaken by a police scandal which, for some, has eroded trust of many of the city's leaders.
Middaugh served as the chief of staff for Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten for two years before running to replace him in 2008. He went on to become Metro's communications director in December of that year.
According to the Albert Lea Tribune, Gabrielatos began serving as assistant city manager for the town in 2015, after several years of working for the Chicago City Council.
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