Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ketchum city administrator resigns

Gary Marks leaves for job in Lebanon, Ore.


By ERIC AVISSAR
Express Staff Writer

Gary Marks

    After serving more than five years as Ketchum city administrator, Gary Marks has tendered his resignation effective March 8 to take a city administrator position closer to family members in Oregon.
    During a Ketchum City Council meeting Monday, Mayor Nina Jonas said she has not set a timetable for hiring a new city administrator. She added that she does not expect to have a replacement hired by the time Marks steps down, nor does she know who will be the interim city administrator.
    As part of his contract, Marks is required to give the city 30 days notice before leaving.
    Marks, who began working for Ketchum in August 2008, has been hired as city administrator of Lebanon, Ore., a city of about 16,000 in the northwest part of the state. Having grown up in Oregon, Marks said his decision was made to be closer to his aging parents and longtime friends.
    “This was a family decision I needed to make,” he said.
    Last week, Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz said he was excited to have Marks become the city’s new administrator, and said Marks had all the qualifications the city was looking for.


This was a family decision I needed to make.”
Gary Marks
Ketchum city 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.”
    Marks said he also interviewed for the city administrator position in Ellensburg, Wash.
    Ketchum City Councilman Baird Gourlay on Monday praised Marks for the work he has done for the city.
    “Gary did a tremendous job, especially considering the circumstances when he came in with the recession,” Gourlay said. “We had a balanced budget, and never had to lay off a single individual.”
    Marks responded with gratitude.
    “It’s been an honor to have worked for the councils that have been in place since I’ve been here,” he said. “More than anything, I’m very grateful to have worked with a very professional and very talented staff. Nobody does anything in a vacuum, and without this council and this city staff, I wouldn’t have accomplished anything.”
Eric Avissar: eavissar@mtexpress.com




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