Finalists to interview for position this week

The effort to hire a permanent city manager is nearly over.

The Lake Oswego City Council planned to interview a small slate of top candidates for the position this week, one of the final steps in the roughly six-month hiring process.

City officials said 28 people applied for the job but declined to say where or how far away applications came from. They said three to five finalists were scheduled for in-person interviews at city hall.

Megan Phelan, the city’s human resources director, said officials are trying to be sensitive to candidates and keep the process confidential.

The city council planned a private meet-and-greet executive session with finalists for the position this evening. Interviews were tentatively scheduled for an executive session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The hiring process began earlier this year, when the council, tasked with the job of hiring the permanent chief administrator, hired Greg Prothman, of the Prothman Company, to lead a nationwide recruitment effort.

Former City Manager Alex McIntyre left the job in February 2012 to become city manager of Menlo Park, Calif. Assistant City Manager David Donaldson filled the position on a short-term basis until early this year, when Mayor Kent Studebaker took office and opted to hire Tom Coffee, who remains interim city manager today. Donaldson at that point returned to his post as assistant city manager.

Coffee’s contract ends July 12, although it could be extended on a monthly basis for up to six months. The city pays him $15,000 monthly.

The new city manager will be paid $145,000 to $170,000 annually in addition to benefits such as health insurance, pension and optional deferred compensation plus 12 paid holidays, paid vacation time and paid sick leave.

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