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Milwaukie hires Oregon City staffer; OC posting several new openings

by:  Teri Bankhead

Assistant City Manager Teri Bankhead began her tenure with Milwaukie on July 11 after holding the same position with Oregon City for the past two years.

'Working with the city of Milwaukie is a very exciting new opportunity for me,' Bankhead said in a press release. 'I look forward to engaging the citizens and learning what is important to them in their community, as well as working with the staff and council in advancing their vision and goals for the city. There are many exciting projects happening in Milwaukie, and I feel fortunate to become a part of a team of such a high caliber.'

Oregon City's interim assistant manager is now Kaitlin Beneville, a student at Oregon State University and daughter of Michele Beneville, an Oregon City School Board member who works in Oregon City's finance administration.

Beneville, a 2009 graduate of OCHS, had been working summers in Oregon City's administration, so City Manager David Frasher plans to advertise for a new assistant soon to keep Assistant City Recorder Kelly Burgoyne from having to cover both positions.

Bankhead comes to Milwaukie with recommendations as a detail-oriented person who has demonstrated excellent problem-solving abilities, according to Milwaukie City Manager Bill Monahan.

'Her former supervisors and peers cited her professionalism, superior customer service skills and willingness to take on projects with short notice and then completing them with quality results,' wrote Monahan.

Besides experience working in a city manager's office, Bankhead has worked in planning, at the University of Arizona and in both the private and nonprofit sectors. She has a bachelor of science degree in sociology and a master of arts in applied sociology from Northern Arizona University.

Other staffing changes

Oregon City Economic Development Manager Dan Drentlaw has given notice that his last day will be Oct. 31.

Drentlaw joined Oregon City in the summer of 2002 as community development director, and in December 2009 was appointed by former City Manager Larry Patterson to focus on overseeing the Urban Renewal Commission and its controversial development projects.

'My position is extremely political, so I'd rather wait to say anything on my reasons for leaving or my future plans,' Drentlaw said.

Frasher praised Drentlaw for making the transition as smooth as possible by staying through the Cove developers' Oct. 1 deadline to submit their goals to the city.

'Dan's been part of a lot of significant changes in Oregon City,' Frasher said.

The biggest change the developers have made to their application, which will change other parts of their agreement, is a proposed reversal to first build the condo site on publicly owned property instead of apartments on the part owned by Scott Parker. The developers 'seem to be diligently pursuing their requirements,' but Drentlaw worries they're running out of time.

Frasher plans to launch a national recruitment for Drentlaw's position before making an appointment. Following HR's screening of applications that are due Aug. 31 with background checks and phone interviews, Frasher looks forward to a series of panel interviews, including neighborhood representatives, the business community and economic development professionals.

The position is the most complicated opening for OC's human resources, which is overseeing a half dozen openings currently, including a library assistant and several positions at the public swimming pool.

Frasher said it's a coincidence that the city has so many openings right now, and pointed out that there's generally more turnover in the summer. Oregon City staff members have historically not had very high turnover, compared with other cities.

Finance Director David Wimmer and Public Works Director Nancy Kraushaar have worked for Oregon City for about 20 years and are eligible for retirement.

'In the next few years there will probably be one or two more major transitions, but to have some turnover is a healthy thing,' Frasher said.