Gold Hill manager pick takes other job
GOLD HILL — After an eight-month recruiting effort, City Council members are no closer to hiring a city manager after the candidate they chose accepted a job elsewhere.
Councilwoman Christine Alford said a woman from out of state was offered the job Friday, then accepted another position.
"After all that effort, she basically turned down the job," Alford said.
"We just found out so we're not even talking about what's next, but now that we've done this process, we can actually go looking for somebody. We're allowed, legally, to go head-hunt and offer the job to somebody."
Council members voted this summer to hire a city manager to better supervise the city's finances and personnel.
Issues from a proposed water rate hike to contracting with the sheriff's department for police patrols are in limbo until a city manager is brought on board, council members said.
Sixteen applicants from various areas applied. Five finalists were chosen for second interviews and three returned last week for a third round.
Councilwoman Donna Silva said the city "will not settle" for less than the right match in a city manager.
The position carries a $50,000 salary and benefits.
Silva said the city would "move forward" in finding the right person for the job.
"Basically what this means is we're still in the hunt. I was a little disappointed because we thought we had found someone but they had taken a job somewhere else so what can you do?" Silva said Tuesday.
"Our thing was that, if the first didn't take it, we were not offering it to the second-place person. We're going to find somebody that's the right fit for the city."
Silva added, "I think they're out there. We just have to be patient."
Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.