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Hillsboro HR director named head of community services

Robby Hammond will oversee the city's police, fire, library and parks departments as assistant city manager.

HammondThe city of Hillsboro looked far and wide to fill its open assistant city manager job, but in the end hired a man who was already working at city hall.

Last week, city officials announced they had hired the city’s current Director of Human Resources Robby Hammond as the new assistant city manager of community services.

Hammond is replacing former Assistant City Manager Steve Greagor, who resigned in 2014 after he was placed on leave following an investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office that Greagor knowingly had contact with an underage teen on a dating website. No charges were filed in the case.

In his new position, Hammond will be responsible for leading key areas of the city, including overseeing the city’s police, fire, library and parks departments.

“Robby delivers the right blend of emotional intelligence, skills, education, experience, and humor,” said City Manager Michael Brown in a news release. "He is well-positioned to help our employees continue to exceed expectations in providing outstanding service to our community.”

City officials said they interviewed candidates from Massachusetts, Florida and the Caribbean island of Bermuda in searching for a new assistant city manager.

“This was the most comprehensive recruitment and interview process in the city’s history,” Brown said. “Within an exceptional pool of applicants, Robby stood out for his vision and enthusiasm for our community, his positive leadership style, and his years of experience and accomplishment.”

Hammond came to the city in 2012 as the head of the city’s human resources department. Before that he worked in Texas, holding several positions with the city of San Antonio.

This is the first time since 2014 the city will have two assistant city managers. Rob Dixon has served as the city's assistant city manager of community development since 2007.

Since Greagor's resignation, the duties of the position have been handled by Brown.

Patrick Preston, the city's spokesman, said that after more than a year-and-a-half, it was time to fill the position.

"Look around our community and you will see the continued investment and development, the new programs and services that reflect the quality of life that we are looking for in Hillsboro," he said. "With that comes added responsibilities and the need to share those responsibilities with an assistant city manager."

A replacement for Hammond in human resources has not yet been named.

By Geoff Pursinger
Associate Editor, Hillsboro Tribune
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