The Herald Bulletin

January 15, 2014

Pendleton council to review town manager candidate resumes

By Zach Osowski
The Herald Bulletin

---- — PENDLETON — The Pendleton Town Council will hold a special executive meeting Thursday night as part of its process to find a new town manager.

New Town Council President Robert Jones, who took over for longtime president Don Henderson in January, said the meeting will be an opportunity for the council to go over the 24 resumes they have received for the position.

"We have not opened the resumes yet," Jones said. "We are using this meeting as an opportunity to see the candidates, and then we'll go from there."

The position of town manager is a paid position, which Jones thinks is the reason for so many people applying for the job. The town manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Pendleton and for following the direction of the town council. Because of the close relationship with the council, Jones said he wants to make sure the council hires the best person possible.

Jones said the council hasn't set a date for when it would like to hire the new town manager but he did say it would be "relatively soon."

"The important thing is we do this the right way," Jones said. "We don't want to restrict ourselves."

Currently, Tim McClintick is serving as the interim town manager. He took over in September for Doug McGee but was given an "interim" tag. McClintick said Henderson gave him that tag because Henderson wanted his replacement to have a say in picking the town manager he would be working closely with.

McClintick did apply for the full-time job.

Personally, Jones is looking for someone who wants to keep moving Pendleton forward, preferably with a background in government or management. He said the most important trait to him is having a people person in the position.

"I want someone who enjoys working with people," Jones said.

The meeting is an executive session because it deals with employment. Jones did not have any idea when a meeting with interviews might take place. The Thursday meeting will consist simply of the council going through the resumes and seeing who jumps out.

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