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Banks in negotiations over Awesome exit

Officials talking with League of Oregon Cities about costs associated with former city manager


City of Banks representatives are discussing compensation options with staff members at the League of Oregon Cities, the organization the city hired to do a background check on former City Manager Kyle Awesome.

Awesome left abruptly last fall after holding the position for only a few months when questions arose about his resume, leaving the city in a tailspin without a city manager.

The League refunded the city’s approximately $6,000 payment and Executive Director Michael McCauley issued an apology to the city for failing to meet the standards of the candidate review process the agency conducted for the Banks city manager position.

But the city acquired a laundry list of other expenses associated with the search, hire and resignation of Awesome, from the non-fiscal — such as the city's reputation and extra time spent by the volunteer mayor and city council members — to solid monetary expenses such as the $10,000 the city gave Awesome to offset the cost of moving from the East Coast.

In the end, the city might be due some recompense, officials say.

“I’ve been talking with the League staff and we’ve exchanged ideas,” said Banks Mayor John Kinsky.

Search for attorney ongoing

While Banks is also currently without an official city attorney after its previous lawyer, Jim Lucas, died of cancer in December, the city council hired Hillsboro attorney David Noren to help with compensation discussions.

The search for a new city attorney is ongoing. Kinsky, who is spearheading the search, “thought we would be closer than we are” to finding a final candidate, he said last week after his top choice dropped out at the last minute. He hopes to have one selected by next month, he said.

For now, the city has hired a Portland firm, Beery, Elsner & Hammond, LLP, to provide interim attorney services.




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