Phoenix picks Shady Cove manager

PHOENIX – Shady Cove City Administrator Doug Prunty has been identified by Phoenix Mayor Chris Luz as the candidate selected by the City Council to become the city’s next city manager.

A thorough background check and contract negotiations are underway with a selected candidate, Interim City Manager Dave Kanner told the Mail Tribune. A choice was made during an executive session held Saturday, he said.

Kanner was directed to pursue actions discussed in the executive session in a following open session. The City Council would need to approve the hiring after the background check and negotiation of a contract.

Prunty has been in his position at Shady Cove since 2013. He would bring a strong knowledge of Oregon land use law and local government budget law to the Phoenix position, according to a press release put out by the city on May 1 about the finalists for the job. He lives in Eagle Point and has served on that city’s Planning Commission, Budget Committee and City Council.

Prunty was one of three finalists interviewed by the council on Saturday. The other finalists were Sam Hughes, most recently city administrator of North Bonneville, Wash., and Alison Chan, most recently finance director for the City of Medford.

A public session with the candidates was held Thursday evening. They were interviewed by city staff and other local city managers Friday.

Kanner has been interim manager since February when Eric Swanson, former Medford city manager, resigned after just four months in the position. Kanner was also interim manager from March to September 2017 after the council fired Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

Tony Boom is an Ashland freelance writer. Reach him at tboomwriter@gmail.com.

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