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Scott Lazenby is LO's new city manager

Also an author and professor, he has worked in Sandy since 1992


Lake Oswego has a new city manager.

Sandy’s Scott Lazenby was approved Tuesday evening by an unanimous 7-0 vote by the Lake Oswego City Council. Two of the councilors participated by telephone: Donna Jordan and Jeff Gudman.LAZENBY

Lazenby was greeted with applause following the council vote.

Lazenby has been city manager of Sandy since 1992. He also works as an adjunct associate professor of public administration at Portland State University. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College, a master’s in public management and policy from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.

Mayor Kent Studebaker said Lazenby "was agreed to by a unanimous council ... and we are very pleased that Scott has accepted our offer."

Lazenby said he was "absolutely thrilled" to be hired, noting the process was handled well and he was up against some "stiff competition."

Jordan noted that she has worked with Lazenby in the past, called him a "great thinker ... who will be a wonderful asset to our community."

Lazenby, who will start his new job Aug. 5, will be paid an annual base salary of $145,00, said Megan Phelan, the city's human resources director.

In comments provided before Tuesday's council session, Lazenby said, "it's a real honor to be selected for this position. Professionally, I'm looking forward to working with the city council and staff. And personally, my wife and I are eager to get to know, and be a part of, this outstanding community."

Prio to the session, Studebaker weighed in on Lazenby.

"After a thorough recruitment process that involved members of the commuity and staff, we have selected Scott to be our new city manager and I am very excited."

Before his current 21-year stint with Sandy, Lazenby previously worked as management and budget director in Glendale, Ariz., and assistant to the city manager in Vancouver, Wash.

Lazenby also likes to write, and not just about public administration — although that’s a theme in at least one of his books.

According to his website, his interests range from thrillers and mysteries to sci-fi, and his role model is the late Michael Crichton. Lazenby’s fiction works include “Playing With Fire,” a novel about a city manager in an Oregon suburb where “a proposal to reorganize the fire department quickly escalates beyond a dry policy debate,” according to his website, and he’s now working on a sequel as well as “an untitled answer to Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged.’”

Another of his books, “The Hunter,” is about an insurance agent and wildlife photographer turned vigilante who hunts cougar poachers. Lazenby has also written nonfiction about city management.

According to a press release from the city, Lazenby "has overseen major upgrades to a water treatment plant, construction of a new sewage treatment plant, police station and field operations center, and a complete remake and expansion of the library. He has also been active in regional issues, including urban and rural reserve issues, regional trail planning, green space, transit coordination, economic development, and transportation planning and has extensive experience working with state legislators on intergovernmental issues and lobbying."

He was born in Delhi, India, and has lived in Algiers, Geneva, Hong Kong and Sydney. He and his wife, Sandy, have lived in Oregon for 20 years.

Lazenby will replace Tom Coffee, interim city manager.

Coffee has served in the temporary post since this past January. Assistant City Manager David Donaldson had been interim city manager before that, filling in since Alex McIntyre left the job in February 2012 to become city manager in Menlo Park, Calif.

Martin Forbes contributed to this story.




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