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Cornelius working to replace community development director

MICHAEL CERBONEEarlier this month, the city of Cornelius lost a key member of its management team when Community Development Director Michael Cerbone ended 15 months of service to the city in favor of a new job in Portland.

“We didn’t want to lose him,” said City Manager Rob Drake. “But we didn’t want to stand in his way, either. He was a joy to work with. He accepted a similar position with Multnomah County, and it’s a good opportunity for him.

“He lives close enough to his new job that he can bike to work instead of fighting Highway 26 traffic from the Portland area every day.”

Drake said Cerbone spent most of his time this past year working on the new 345-acre urban growth boundary (UGB) east of Cornelius. “Michael’s last official responsibility was to present the completed UGB plan to the city council on Nov. 2. This was a big responsibility, and he did it well,” said Drake. “He worked hard at making the whole process transparent, and making sure all residents’ concerns were addressed and dealt with.”

Cornelius has advertised the now-vacant position, which comes with a generous benefits package and a starting salary of $84,876. As of Nov. 16, the city had received three applications, Drake said. “We will have interviewed a candidate from Boise via Skype, and two local applicants personally by the end of this week.”

Until a new Community Development Director is hired, Associate Planner Tim Franz and Drake will manage the Community Development Department, which includes planning, parks planning, building inspection and compliance, code enforcement and housing and economic development.

— Art Heerwagen