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Park district edges closer to hiring new general manager

Monday night meeting could determine consensus on candidates

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District is closer to finding a new general manager for the district following interviews with finalists over the past several weeks.

The board will meet Monday in closed session to discuss a consensus on the person to replace Ron Willoughby, who retired.

The district, which encompasses more than 55 square miles, had 30 applicants for the position, according to John Griffiths, president of the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District board.

'We're down to three (finalists) at this point,' said Griffiths.

He said a second round of interviews with the candidates already has been held.

That meeting included the board, chief stakeholders and the district's nine advisory committees.

Griffiths declined to name the three finalists.

He said if Monday's meeting reaches a consensus, the next step would be to begin negotiations with that applicant.

Willoughby retired in June after spending 35 years in the parks district, the last 13½ years as general manager.