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Search begins: Wall seeks candidates

By Kristine Thomas

Beyond his duties of managing the city of Mt. Angel, Interim City Administrator Pete Wall has been given the responsibility for conducting the search for a new city administrator.

The city council used the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments in its last search for a city administrator in 2007. The search, conducted by Nancy Boyer, cost $5,562. Subsequently the council hired Jim Hunt, who was terminated last month.

Wall, previously the city manager in Toledo and the city administrator for Mt. Angel from 1981-85, moved back to Mt. Angel following his retirement. His contract as interim adminsitrator specifies he will be paid $44 an hour. He began work Feb. 17.

Mayor Rick Schiedler said Wall will help the city council establish the process and work through it to hire the new administrator but “it will be the council making the decision on who to hire.”

Wall was responsible for conducting the search for the current city manager of Toledo. He plans to work with the city council to develop a profile and create a brochure to advertise the job. Wall plans to have a sub-committee of council members screen applicants, narrowing them down to four. He would like the city staff, council and public to meet the candidates during a two-day interview process.

“I’d like to finish up with one-on-one interviews with the candidates and the council and hopefully come up with a great candidate,” Wall said. A timeframe for hiring a new city administrator has not been determined.

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