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Tigard city manager search narrows to two candidates

Tigard expected to announce top candidate on Tuesday

TIGARD - After conducting a nationwide search to replace former City Manager Craig Prosser, the city announced Wednesday that it has narrowed its list of candidates down to two.

The city reviewed a total of 87 candidates, narrowing that field to finalists Martha Wine of Renton, Wash., and Derek Todd, formerly of Frederick, Colo.

Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen said that the two candidates were standouts among a field of qualified applicants.

'Both of them were just diamonds,' he said.

City Council President Gretchen Buehner said that making the final decision won't be easy.

'There are a lot of similarities between them,' Buehner said. 'That's why this will be difficult. They are both highly qualified and have experience working in the Northwest.'

Wine currently serves as the assistant chief administrative officer in Renton, Wash., a city of about 90,000 people just outside of Seattle.

Wine has worked as Renton's assistant city manager since 2006. Her other work experience includes stints as senior budget analysts for King County and Bellevue, Wash.

In Colorado, Todd served as the town administrator of Frederick, Colo., a small town of about 8,000 people, from 2005 to 2011.

He also served as a management analyst for the city of Renton until 2005.

The city announced in May that its new city manager would need to be business-friendly, have a strong background in finance and economic development and be willing to become a familiar face in the community.

Unlike the mayor, which is elected by the people, the city manager is hired by the City Council. The city manager is responsible for all of the day-to-day administrative operations of the city staff, prepares the city's budget and attends all City Council meetings as an adviser. He does not vote on council matters.

Former City Manager Craig Prosser held the job for six years. He retired July 31.

Prosser came to the city in 1999 as finance director and was appointed interim city manager in 2005 following the resignation of then-manager Bill Monahan. He was named as the permanent city manager later that year.

The City Council will meet privately Tuesday to discuss the two finalists. Councilors said they expect to announce the city's next city manger later that night in a special business meeting.

After that the city will negotiate a final contract with the winning candidate.

Prosser's salary was $138,962.28 before his retirement. Officials at Alliance Resource Consulting, the company charged with finding candidates for the position, said they did not expect that amount to change much for the candidates.