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Former mayor to fill in at City Hall

FAIRVIEW - Roger Vonderharr, the former Fairview mayor, could soon fill a new role at City Hall.

There was consensus among the city councilors at a recent work session that Vonderharr, with his knowledge of the city of Fairview and its inner workings, would be a great candidate for an interim administrator position.

Fairview's former administrator, Jan Wellman, resigned July 31, after being placed on paid leave earlier that month.

Since then, Bob Cochran, Fairview's public works director, Ken Johnson, Fairview's police chief and Laura Zenter, the city's finance director, have been the interim administrators, taking turns every third month.

The decision to seek out Vonderharr as a possible interim administrator had nothing to do with the performance of the acting administrators, said Steve Owen, council president.

Employees' vacation schedules were proving to be problematic and none of the department heads wanted to take on the position full time, but city officials wanted some stability, while they weed through the large pile of applications for the job.

By the Oct. 10 deadline, the council had received dozens of applications for the administrator position through the League of Oregon Cities.

Councilors will take final action on whether to hire Vonderharr as the city's interim administrator at their Wednesday, Nov. 1, meeting.