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Ashland City Administrator returning to Medford

Ashland City Administrator Kelly Madding has resigned and will return to her previous position as Medford’s Deputy City Manager, the city of Ashland announced Tuesday. Her last day will be Friday, April 10.

Madding has been Ashland’s city administrator since July, 2018, when she was picked from a field that included Assistant City Administrator Adam Hanks and Public Works Director Paula Brown.

According to a press release by the city of Ashland released Tuesday night, Hanks will serve as interim city administrator and Administrative Services Manager Bryn Morrison will take over as interim finance director.

“I am very grateful to the Ashland City Council for giving me the opportunity to serve as Ashland’s City Administrator,” Madding said in a statement. “I believe I have served the city well and gained critical experience that I will use in my position with the city of Medford.”

Madding will start her new job Thursday, April 16.

“We have all benefited from Kelly’s time with the city and will miss her kindness, intelligence and enthusiasm for the work of local government,” Ashland Mayor John Stromberg said. “However, I now consider Kelly a regional asset and am looking forward to collaborating with her as the communities of the Rogue Valley become increasingly interdependent in these uncertain times.”

Madding worked as Medford’s deputy city manager from 2017-2018 before accepting the job in Ashland. In Medford, Madding will oversee development services, urban renewal, transportation, parking district and economic development.

Madding, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oregon, has previously served as the development services director for Jackson County and city manager for both Talent and Rogue River.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly back,” Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun said in a press release. “Kelly’s extensive experience in municipal government and understanding of the Rogue Valley community is invaluable. She is passionate about public service and committed to improving the lives of our residents.”

Joe Zavala can be reached at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@rosebudmedia.com.

Mail Tribune / Ashland Tidings file photo of Kelly Madding.