City administrator prospect meet-and-greet next week

    Top city administrators' offices are in the historic City Hall on the Ashland Plaza.

    The city of Ashland will host a reception next week so the public can meet finalists for the position of city administrator.

    The gathering is set for 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Siskiyou Room and the lobby of the Community Development & Public Works Administration Building at 51 Winburn Way.

    At Mayor John Stromberg’s recommendation, city Administrator Dave Kanner was discharged in November 2016. Ashland Fire & Rescue Chief John Karns served as acting administrator from December 2016 through March of this year, when he retired.

    Assistant City Administrator Adam Hanks, who started working for the city in 1991, has served as acting administrator since then.

    Springsted-Waters Executive Recruitment, a recruitment company based in Minnesota, has been conducting a nationwide search of a new administrator at a cost of $24,500 to the city.

    The application deadline was May 11, which was extended from the original deadline after “initial interest in the

    position was not as strong as we had hoped,” according to a city staff report.

    At its May 15 meeting, councilors agreed that the job’s “five key dimensions (are) vision, experience (knowledge of city operations), leadership, communication style (and) self-management (Interpersonal Skills).”

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