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Dallas Council Appoints Interim City Manager

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council hired an interim city manager and approved a contract for the search for a permanent city manager at its meeting Monday night.

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council hired an interim city manager and approved a contract for the search for a permanent city manager at its meeting Monday night.

The council voted unanimously to hire Jon Nelson, the former city manager of Corvallis, to serve as interim city manager.

Nelson retired from the city of Corvallis in 2011 after 18 years as city manager. Before that, he spent nine years in Pendleton and three in Missoula, Mont.

He will begin in Dallas Monday, pending the outcome of a background check.

"I was complimented to receive the call from (Acting City Manager) Kim (Marr) to serve as your interim city manager," Nelson said at the council's meeting.

Nelson could serve from four to six months as the city searches for a permanent replacement for former city manager Jerry Wyatt.

Councilor Jim Fairchild, who has known Nelson for many years, said he is a good choice.

"I think he would be a good fit for our community," he said. "He's laid back ... but he wants good things to happen and works for good things to happen."

Mayor Brian Dalton said he and Marr have had lengthy discussions with Nelson about taking the job in recent days.

"It's really a great thing he is available," Dalton said. "He's experienced and is highly regarded. We are very fortunate to have him."

The council also proceeded with its search to find a permanent city manager, approving a contract with Nancy Boyer, the executive director of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, to recruit and screen candidates.

The contract covers creating a recruitment timeline, crafting a position profile, placing advertisements, screening applications, conducting background checks, and facilitating candidate interviews.

The search will cost the city $6,200 and may take up to six months.

"It is your recruitment," Boyer said to the council at Monday's meeting. "I just want to make sure that everything you want to happen happens."

She said it could take up to three to four months to complete the position profile, advertise the job and narrow down candidates for interviews.

"I would like to interview candidates at the first of November," she said, adding that beginning interviews before the holiday season would be best for council and candidate availability.

Boyer added that, to her knowledge, there weren't many cities in the state looking for a city manager.

"I don't know that any (city) of your size is looking right now, which is probably a good thing," she said.

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