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Tualatin chooses new city manager

Sherilyn Lombos has not yet been officially hired

TUALATIN - The Tualatin City Council has selected Sherilyn Lombos, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., to be the city's next city manager.

The council approved a resolution Monday night authorizing interim City Manager Dick Townsend to begin negotiations with Lombos.

'I'm looking forward to jumping in,' Lombos said Tuesday after hearing the news.

Lombos has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.

She has served as deputy city manager in Manhattan Beach for more than two years. Manhattan Beach is in Los Angeles County and is 19 miles southwest of Los Angeles. Lombos began her employment with Manhattan Beach in October of 2000 as assistant to the city manager. She also worked under the city manager in Fremont, Calif., for about three and a half years starting in 1997.

Lombos said she sees a lot of similarities between Manhattan Beach and Tualatin in demographics and population.

According to the 2000 Census, Manhattan Beach's population is more than 33,850, and just about half of the beachfront city is developed as residential.

Lombos said traffic and development are two issues she is accustomed to dealing with.

While her employment agreement has not been approved yet, Lombos said she expects to have a seamless transition into her new position in the city of Tualatin.

Monday night, the Tualatin council also approved a resolution that extends Townsend's employment contract with the city. Townsend was originally hired as an interim city manager after Steve Wheeler left the position in July for a new job with Clackamas County. Townsend's contract was to expire Oct. 31.

The resolution extends Townsend's contract to include working half time in November for $4,500 and working 'as needed' during the month of December for an hourly rate of $75.