By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Dayton hires city manager

Pingel is currently serving as city manager and recorder in Stanfield, a town of about 2,000 in Umatilla County.

There were more than three-dozen applicants. He was one of four finalists coming to Dayton Jan. 12 to meet the public and undergo a series of interviews.

Nancy Boyer, executive director of the Mid-Willamette Council of Governments, helped with the search. She said Dayton was looking for a qualified city manager who promised to be a good fit for the city.

Christy Ellis previously held the job. Recorder Peggy Selberg has been filling in since her departure.

Pingel, who plans to start in March, took the helm in Stanfield in 2010. Before that, he coordinated special projects in Federal Way, Wash., and served as a performance evaluation consultant in Richland, Wash.

He holds a bachelor’s in political science from Brigham Young University and master’s in public administration from West Virginia University. He plans to relocate to Yamhill County with his wife and their four young children.

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