Council could select city manager Monday

August 12, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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NEW — 6:40 p.m. Aug. 12, 2010

The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, will host a public reception with its final four city manager candidates from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Wooly Toad Bar.

The City Council and an 11-member citizen panel will interview the four candidates privately Monday morning at The Golf Club, and the City Council will hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. in the Muirfield Room, at which time it may select the new city manager.

The City Council and the citizen panel will interview the candidates for an hour each in separate rooms, and Payroll & Accounting Specialist Maria Lindberg will give each a tour of the city and introduce him to the city staff.

The citizen panel includes Parks Commission Chair Andrew Shelton, Planning Commission Chair Rob Lemmon, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Nick Sooy and Newcastle Trails President Garry Kampen. Each is representing his respective group.

Each member of the City Council also appointed one community member of his or her choice. Chosen were former Councilman Gordon Bisset, former Mayor Jean Garber, former Planning Commissioner Lee Kranz, Shel Neufeld, Steve Rummel, Newcastle Trails Board Member Giles Velte and Chamber of Commerce Board Member Peter Zevenbergen.

The final city manager candidates are interim City Manager Rob Wyman; former Lakeport, Calif., City Manager Garold (Jerry) Gillham; former Gig Harbor City Administrator Mark Hoppen; and former Sheridan, Ore., City Manager Michael Sauerwein.

The candidates

Rob Wyman

Wyman was appointed as interim city manager Jan. 12, the same night previous City Manager John Starbard was fired. He had worked for the city from 1998-2006, working his way from associate planner to community development director.

After leaving Newcastle in 2006, Wyman started RTW Associates, a consulting firm specializing in commercial real estate.

He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse University and a master’s in land use planning from the University of Arizona.

Garold (Jerry) Gillham

Gillham is a member of the California National Guard, and he served as city manager in Lakeport, Calif., until being called into active duty and serving in Iraq from August 2008 to June of this year. Lakeport is a town of almost 5,000 people 92 miles north of San Francisco.

Prior to his work in Lakeport, he worked as assistant city manager in Prineville, Ore.; city manager in Baker City, Ore.; city manager in Scappoose, Ore.; city administrator in Madras, Ore.; chief executive officer for the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce in Oregon; assistant to the city manager in Gresham, Ore.; city manager in Nyssa, Ore.; and region manager/area director for Portland General Electric.

Gillham has a bachelor’s degree in management from the George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., and he completed a four-year program in economic development at the University of Oklahoma.

Mark Hoppen

Hoppen worked as Gig Harbor’s city administrator for 14 years, taking the job after serving on the City Council. After he left Gig Harbor, he became Puyallup’s public works director.

Hoppen has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington. He has a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University.

Michael Sauerwein

Sauerwein, who worked as city manager at Sheridan, Ore., for 11 years, now works as the director of administrative services for Sammamish. Sheridan is 20 miles northwest of Salem with a population of about 6,000.

Before working in Sheridan, Sauerwein served as assistant to the city manager in Lincoln City, Ore., and city recorder in Hood River, Ore.

Sauerwein has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public affairs from the University of Oregon.

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