First woman in position says she's eager to move to town

TIGARD - After months of searching, the Tigard City Council has found its new city manager.

In a special meeting Tuesday night, the Tigard City Council voted unanimously to offer the city's top job to Martha 'Marty' Wine.

The decision came after weeks of deliberation and a two-hour, closed door City Council session before voting at a public council meeting.

'Tigard is a wonderful community,' Wine said Wednesday morning. 'There are lots of opportunities here to build from.'

Wine, 42, replaces Craig Prosser, who retired in July.

Wine currently serves as the assistant city manager in Renton, Wash., a suburb of Seattle about the size of Beaverton.

In her new role as city manager, Wine will be responsible for all of the day-to-day administrative operations of the city, preparing the city's budget and attending all city council meetings as an adviser. She will not be able to vote on council matters.

Wine said she is honored to have the chance to work in Tigard and that the city has a number of strengths that will help it grow.

'It is a family-oriented community with a great school system, relatively low taxes, and it benefits from a wonderful location both in the Northwest, but (also) in relation to other Portland cities,' she said. 'There are great fundamentals here and a great foundation. I like a lot about what I see, both in the natural beauty and in the economic opportunities for the region and the way the area will grow.'

Wine was chosen out of 87 candidates. Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen said in the end it was her experience as a leader that made her stand out.

'I can only speak for myself, but for me it was her depth of experience in working in a metropolitan area similar to the Portland area and her work collaborating with other municipalities and partners around the region,' he said.

Dean Radford, editor of the Renton Reporter newspaper, said Wine was successful in Renton and would fit well in Tigard.

'Marty is really good to work with,' Radford said. 'She's really sharp. I'm impressed with her knowledge of land-use issues and the whole idea up here with growth-management laws.'

The city named Wine and Derek Todd as its finalists last week. Until recently, Todd served as city manager in Frederick, Colo., a town of about 8,000 people.

Dirksen said he wished they could have hired both of the top candidates.

'Coming to a decision has been, in my opinion, the most difficult choice of any that I have seen previously in my career,' he said.

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.

Wine has worked in Renton since 2006. Prior to that, she worked for a consulting firm in Seattle that provided analysis of annexations and incorporations.

She also was a budget analyst for the city of Bellevue and King County, Wash.

Although a start date hasn't been worked out yet, Wine said she was excited about moving to Tigard and becoming active in the community. She said she plans to meet with members of the business community as well as the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce.

Wine's starting salary is expected to be about $138,000 a year, city officials said.

At the time of his retirement, Prosser's salary was $138,962.28.

Her contract is still being negotiated with the city.

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