Friday, January 31, 2014

City administrator gets Oregon job offer

Gary Marks also looking at position in Washington state

Express Staff Writer

Ketchum City Administrator Gary Marks could step down from his position within the next month.

Marks, who was appointed Ketchum city administrator in August 2008, has received a job offer to become the new city administrator of Lebanon, Ore. Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz told the Idaho Mountain Express he hopes to have a deal finalized by the end of the week.

Aziz said Marks is a very strong candidate who would make a great fit as Lebanon’s new administrator.

“Everything we’ve heard is that he has very strong management experience and is a real leader,” Aziz said. “He is very collaborative in bringing people together and is great at getting finances in order.”

Lebanon is a city of about 16,000 in northwestern Oregon. Marks, a native Oregonian, said earlier this month that he has been looking at moving to Oregon in order to be closer to his parents.

Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas said Marks is also interviewing for a city administrator position in Ellensburg, Wash. She said she is ready to put together a search committee and search strategy, while an interim appointment would be made before the position is filled.

“Gary’s contract requires one month’s notice before stepping down, I’m assuming that’s his next action,” Jonas said.

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