Update (05/19 2:55 p.m.) — The City of Medford has released the names of the finalists for the position of city manager. NBC5 News previously confirmed Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge was on the list. He is joined by Jon Amundson and James Thompson. Amundson is currently the Assistant City Manager of Richland, Washington. Thompson is the city manager of Casa Grande, Arizona.
Medford, Ore. — The search is narrowing for a new city manager of Medford. NBC5 News has learned the council has whittled the list down to 3 candidates, and while their names are not yet public, NBC5 News has confirmed one of them is a very familiar face.
“It’s the community that I’ve been raised in, it’s the community I’ve grown up around and it’s an opportunity to make a difference day in and day out.”
Current Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge is one of 3 finalists for the job of Medford City Manager. Although members of the council can’t confirm whether the former city councilor and member of the Oregon legislature was among the narrowed field, councilor Chris Corcoran says an announcement is coming.
“The council has met in executive session,” Corcoran says, “the council has identified their three finalists, that will be made public on Thursday.”
Time is ticking though. City Manager Pro Tem Bill Hoke is only able to serve as interim city manager until June 5th, one year from when former City Manager Eric Swanson was fired.
In addition to the council weighing in on the finalists an ad hoc committee of HR professionals from the public and private sector have assisted. Sources tell us the other 2 candidates are not from the area. All 3 are expected to be revealed to the public Thursday, and there is no timeline for when a selection will be made.
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