City manager search finally underway

Councilors Ross Day (left) and Kyle Juran (middle) at the Tuesday, Sept. 7 Keizer City Council meeting.

The Keizer City Council authorized interim City Manager Wes Hare to sign a contract with The Greg Prothman Company at the Tuesday, Sept. 7 meeting. An updated timeline shows that final interviews for the city manager position will now take place Dec. 14. 

The executive recruitment company is set to begin working with the city as early as next week to begin recruiting Keizer’s next city manager.

The contract approval, originally set to happen at an Aug. 16 meeting, was delayed three weeks after Councilor Ross Day voiced his upset with city staff’s selection process and background check of the Prothman Company. Day originally wanted to start their entire process over but after another lengthy debate at an Aug. 23 work session, the council decided to move forward if the company passed a background check. 

“I’ll speak for my role in the process which was to contact the references of the Greg Prothman Company, which I did. You have a summary of the responses to my reference check,” Hare told the council. “They were all generally pretty positive. Not sure that I learned anything new.”

Keizer has been without a city manager since April.

An updated timeline for the recruiting process, originally set to begin Aug. 18, shows the process is now set to begin Sept. 13. Applications for the city manager position will close Nov. 7 and the final interview process is set to take place Dec. 14. 

The city will pay the Prothman company $20,000 for the recruitment services.

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