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Jacksonville makes Alvis permanent administrator

JACKSONVILLE — Jeff Alvis is no longer a fill-in after City Council unanimously approved a three-year contract Tuesday making him the city's full-time administrator. He had been acting administrator for six months.

Alvis was the city's public works director when he was named in February to take over for Paul Wyntergreen, who became city manager in Tillamook. Alvis will continue to oversee the Public Works Department.

Two locally involved citizens said they are pleased with the appointment.

"Jeff has brought a good sense of work ... and he approaches it in an even manner," said Tony Hess, a volunteer park worker. "He listens to people well. People in town know what's going on. It's a very open government we have."

"The staff loves him. The residents think the best of him," said Art Krueger, a member of the Planning Commission. "He's the most knowledgeable person about the whole town. I think he will learn and grow."

Mayor Paul Becker said Alvis has impressed him so far.

"It certainly has made life easy for me. He has really picked up the reins," said Becker. "One of Jeff's strengths is that he listens, probably better than I do."

Alvis' ideas for administrative restructuring have resulted in a better operation, Becker said, and will also save money, according to city budget documents.

"Although he has no background in planning, he jumped in and filled in the missing information and is doing a good job of overseeing the planning and administration details," said Becker. "It takes a lot of attention."

"The six months went past really fast," said Alvis. "It seemed like the (employee) morale picked up. I just want to keep a steady flow, stay on top of the budget and just keep moving forward."

Alvis was hired by the city as a supervisor in 1992. He had worked for the city of Merrill for the previous 10 years.

Becker said Alvis' salary would be $70,000. He said the personnel committee found that salaries for administrators in similar-sized cities in the region ranged from approximately $65,000 to $75,000.

Tony Boom is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Reach him at tboomwriter@gmail.com.