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Council approves contract for new city manager

Stein's agreement sets annual salary at $140,000

The West Linn City Council voted 5-0 during an April 20 special meeting to ratify a contract for incoming City Manager Eileen Stein.


The contract will go into effect June 1, and it runs two years through May 31, 2018. If the City decides not to renew the contract, it must notify Stein by Dec. 1, 2017.

Stein will be paid an annual salary of $140,000, and a City Council salary review will take place after six months and one year of employment. The contract also includes a $500 monthly automobile allowance and $75 per month for cell phone use.

Additionally, the City agreed to pay up to $12,000 in moving costs — but only if she moves to a West Linn address. Stein was previously employed as City Manager in Mt. Angel.

By comparison, Stein’s $140,000 salary is slightly less than former City Manager Chris Jordan’s $147,000 at the time of his departure.

The contract agreement came shortly after the City formally announced Stein’s hiring April 14.

Following the resignation of Jordan in August 2015, West Linn hired Prothman and Associates to conduct what it termed a “comprehensive search” for a new city manager. In all, the city received 32 applications and eventually selected five candidates for further interviews and an opportunity to meet with community members.

The interviews, which took place April 1 at City Hall, included three panels made up of residents, advisory board members, regional city/county administrators and city staff, and a separate panel of city councilors as well as a reception for the public to meet the applicants.

It was shortly after that point that Stein was identified as the City’s top candidate, and contract negotiations began.

Stein holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California at Irvine and has more than 25 years of local government experience in Oregon.

Under West Linn’s “council-manager” form of government, the city manager is hired by, and serves under, the mayor and City Council. The city manager is responsible for preparing a budget, hiring and supervising a staff and carrying out council policies.