By Don Iler • News Editor • 

Council narrows down manager candidates

Councilors selected the candidates from a list provided by the Prothman Company, which the city had hired to conduct a search for a replacement of long-time city manager Kent Taylor, who is retiring in November after 30 years of service.

The candidates will attend a meet and greet Oct. 7, where the public will have the opportunity to interact with the candidates. The following day, Oct. 8, they will be interviewed by the city council in an executive session, which is closed to the public.

The candidates are as follows:

Brandon Buchanan has served as city manager of Williams, Arizona since 2011. Before then, Buchanan served as city administrator of Oakley, Kansas for three years. He has a bachelor of science in urban planning from Arizona State University and a masters of public administration from University of Colorado, Denver.

Scott Derickson has served as city administrator of Woodburn since 2008. Before then, Derickson served as county manager for Clatsop County for five years and as city manager of Warrenton from 2000-2003. Derickson has a bachelor of cience in planning, public policy and management and a master's in public affairs from the University of Oregon. 

Michael Hart has been city manager of Davison, Michigan since 2010. He served as city manager of Watervliet, Michigan from 2008-2009 and also worked as a commercial and industrial real estate executive for Colliers International for more than 10 years. He earned a bachelor's in sociology and a master's in public administration from California State University, Long Beach. 

Brig. Gen. Martha Meeker currently serves as vice commander of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Meeker is retiring after 27 years in the Air Force and has also served as commander of Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. She has earned a bachelor's degree in mathematic and computational mathematics from Eastern Illinois University, a master's in strategic and national security policy studies from the Air War College, a master's in operational art and science from the Air Command and Staff College and a master's in aviation operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Nancy Newton has served as deputy county administrator of Clackamas County since 2010. She also served as interim county administrator in 2013 and has worked in Clackamas County since 2004. She holds a bachelor of arts in business and organizational leadership from George Fox University and is currently pursuing a master's in public administration from Portland State University. 


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