When Marty Wine walks into Tigard City Hall for her first day of work today (Thursday), she says she wants to be more than just the new city manager, she wants to be a part of the community.

'I have lived in the suburbs of Seattle for most of my life, so this is a big move for me,' she said. 'It's like starting new.'

Wine, who was selected by the Tigard City Council in October to take on the city manager position vacated by Craig Prosser in July, said she plans on getting involved in city clubs and organizations to become a part of the community.

'That's one of the things I find most exciting about coming to Tigard,' Wine said. 'I don't know the community and they don't know me, but hopefully over time that will grow.'

She said she plans on joining the Tigard Noon Rotary, and attend city events such as the Tigard Tree Lighting on Dec. 2 and Tigard Festival of Balloons next summer.

'My goal is to plug in and get to know the business owners and residents,' Wine said Tuesday. 'Where do you get connected? You go to meetings, and join the Chamber and the Rotary. You find a church or community you want to be a part of and you start meeting people.'

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

'That will be one of the good contrasts here,' Wine said. 'In Renton I had a specific role that was internally focused and this gives me a way to branch out and start in a new community. I like it.'

As city manager, Wine is responsible for running the day-to-day duties of the city, and she will have to get started immediately on several projects, including helping the City Council establish its goals for 2012.

Those will likely include a focus on downtown redevelopment and continuing work on planning for possible MAX light rail into Tigard, she said. Wine said that the city is currently planning what that would mean for congestion relief along Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Pacific Highway.

'Tigard is already a great city,' Wine said. 'I keep saying that they have a strong foundation. A lot of the stuff I say I'm going to tackle are things they are already in the course of doing and working on. My job is to make sure that is in line with what the community wants and what the City Council is looking for.'

Wine will also start preliminary work on the city's 2012-13 budget.

In 2010, then-City Manager Craig Prosser enacted a 'hold-the-line' budget and laid off 11 city employees in order to keep the city on stable footing until 2012.

'Tigard is similar to other Oregon cities in that structurally we know that our revenues are not going to grow as fast as our expenditures,' Wine said. 'The basic equation isn't going to work. Our goal…is to help to make sure that long-term those things are in balance.'

It's still early in the budgeting process, but Wine said if the gap between revenues and expenditures were too large, the city might have to rethink some of its plans for growing the city.

'I am looking forward to finding out what that's going to look like,' she said.

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

'At the moment all I've really been able to say is that I'm really enthusiastic and excited about starting,' Wine said. 'After Dec. 1, I imagine I will have a lot more to say. I'll know a little bit more about where we are.'

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