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New City Manager now on duty

The King City Councilors roll up their sleeves and wade through the applications for the City Manager job and hire an applicant quickly without dragging it out
by: Bob Schoenberg, David Wells, King City's new City Manager hired in March.

The City Council did not range very far to find a City Manager to replace Jane Turner, who retired late last year, they found one in our backyard.

David Wells hails from Tualatin, having moved permanently to Oregon from California to help take care of a relative.

Wells and his wife Beverly, an avid gardener, have three grown up children and a grandchild, they moved here from Crescent City where he was the City Manager for the past seven and a half years.

He started out in Redding, Calif. and went to school at Cal State Chico where he got his degree. After that it was Parks and Recreation administration jobs from Durham Calif. to Sacramento before going to work in Crescent City.

The couple have lived in Oregon for a year now, Wells did some fill in jobs as he found them until he was hired by King City this month.

Wells likes to go camping with the family, tries his hand at fishing and plays guitar for relaxation.

As it is with most people who move into Oregon, the question about the weather comes up, as in, can they take all the rain?

'We really like the area, and lived on the coast (Crescent City),' Wells said. 'We like the four season, and trust me, we come from a place we measured rain by the foot.'

The new City Manager started his first week of work with the King City March 12, just days after the Council finalized the contract and everyone signed on the dotted line.

First order of business, start wrestling with the budget, due for a final reckoning in June.

He was told right away that there are more things that need to be done in King City then there is money to pay for it, street repairs being the principal issue, and public safety.

'Tax revenue is the primary source for revenue and there are other, limited, options as you would expect, such as a levy,' Wells said. 'It's hard for resident to understand it all. Safety is of primary importance, but the Council is in the position of picking between police and potholes.'

He went on to explain that it is his job to support the Council giving them solid information by which they can make the decisions they are entrusted by the residents and to support the residents by seeing that they get the highest possible care that they can have.

'I also must keep track of , and look out for, the City's interests with the region,' Wells said.

He described himself and his work process as 'taking small bites, a small bite person.' Explaining that the larger project needs to be broken up into small 'accomplishable bites and don't move on until we finish this one.'

Well, he knows about the potholes already, from driving into work, so now Wells just has to figure out how to squeeze more bang for the bucks out of the budget.