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DALLAS -- The process to name Dallas' next city manager continued last week as three finalists were in town for a public meet and greet and formal interview sessions.



DALLAS -- The process to name Dallas' next city manager continued last week as three finalists were in town for a public meet and greet and formal interview sessions.

Ellen Barnes, Ron Foggin and Aaron Palmquist arrived in town Nov. 7 for a tour of the city in the afternoon and a public reception that evening. About 40 people attended the reception, at which the candidates introduced themselves and answered questions.

Thursday they were interviewed by four panels consisting of community leaders, city staff and the city council.

Mayor Brian Dalton said the interviews were productive and all three candidates strong. He hopes the council will be able to announce a selection soon.

"At the very end (of the interview sessions) the council considered results of interviews from the other panels," Dalton said. "We will be working with the candidates and hopefully have an announcement by the next council meeting."

The council meets on Monday, but Dalton said an announcement would be contingent on the speed of a background check and contract negotiations. The goal is to have someone on the job by Jan. 2.

"It was a good process, with much civic involvement," Dalton said. "I have a good feeling about the process and the candidates."

Before becoming Molalla's city manager about a year ago, Barnes, 44, was the city manager of Gold Beach, serving there for two years. Since becoming a finalist for the Dallas job, Barnes reached an agreement with the city of Molalla to step down as city manager within 30 days.

Foggin, 45, served as the assistant city manager for 15 years in Lehi, Utah, a town of about 52,000. In that post he managed 16 departments and services, overseeing 325 full- or part-time employees. Since leaving Lehi in June, Foggin has been a private sector management consultant.

Palmquist, 49, is the former community manager for Crooked River Ranch near Terrebonne. He left the post in September of 2011. The ranch is a quasi-governmental entity providing services to community residents for a fee and Palmquist worked with a board of directors to oversee ranch operations.

Before Crooked River Ranch, Palmquist served as Salem's interim city recorder, as a public works senior management analyst in Springfield and as Monroe's city recorder.

For the last year, Palmquist has been serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, helping to ease the transition for soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.



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