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The most recent Baker City manager has been hired as the new assistant city manager of Prineville.
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Jerry Gillham is the new assistant city manager in charge of community development, according to Prineville City Manager Robb Corbett.
"The announcement came the day after Gillham informed the Baker City Council of his resignation, at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 27," Corbett said.
"The hiring of Jerry comes at a very important time at the city," he said. "We need someone of Jerry's talents to guide our planning and infrastructure development, to ensure a thorough and cohesive effort is put forth to deal with the challenges associated with growth."
Gillham was hired by Baker City in 2003, and has also been the city manager in Scappoose, Madras and Nyssa. He was the chief executive officer for the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, and served as the assistant to the city manager/business assistance and development for the City of Gresham from 1991-1994.
"I have known Jerry for nearly 10 years," Corbett added. "He is a respected professional in my field. I feel that we are very fortunate to be able to attract someone of Jerry's talents, which I believe speaks to the new interest in Prineville and our bright future."
Gillham has a bachelor of arts in management from George Fox University and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.
"Most recently, Gillham returned from serving nearly two years in Iraq, where his skills were used to oversee the restoration and new construction of vital infrastructure facilities to serve the people of Iraq, as a chief warrant officer with the 116th Brigade Combat Team," Corbett added.