By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

City opens manager recruitment campaign

City Manager Kent Taylor has announced that he will retire at the end of the year. In April, the city council selected the Prothman Company, a private firm from Puget Sound, to conduct a nationwide search for a replacement.

Prothman charges $18,500, plus expenses. The city is budgeting $3,500 for the latter.

The company offers a two-year guarantee. If a candidate chosen through its process resigns or gets fired within that period, it agrees to waive its fee on a new search.

Prothman charges considerably more than the $7,500 quoted by the Mid-Willamette Council of Governments. However, councilors decided Prothman’s reputation, experience, contacts and deployable resources merited the extra expense.

Several councilors said COG Executive Director Nancy Boyer would be effective at it, but would have far less time to devote, given her other responsibilities.

Prothman will assemble a field, conduct initial interviews and handle preliminary screening. It will then present a list of finalists to the citizen advisory group, city council, city work force and other interest groups.

It promised to confer extensively with city councilors and employees to identify criteria important locally. It said the process typically takes 10 to 14 weeks.

The advisory committee consists of Jeb Bladine, Scott Chambers, Jody Christensen, Mark Davis, Rosemari Davis, Ed Gormley, Dave Hansen, Dianne Haugeberg, Steve Macy, John McKeegan and Cassie Sollars. Mayor Rick Olson and Councilor Larry Yoder will act as liaisons between the committee and the city’s elected leadership.

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