Mayor Wheeler says he’ll veto Medford City Manager hiring

Update (07/22 12:50 p.m.) — In the second reading to approve Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge as Medford’s new City Manager, Mayor Gary Wheeler said he would veto the hiring.

Mayor Wheeler said he’s concerned because Patridge has never managed “anything of this size.” If Mayor Wheeler does indeed veto, it would be his first time in his 12 years serving as Medford Mayor.

The Medford City Council would have to vote 6-2 to override Mayor Wheeler’s veto. The votes on Thursday night and Friday afternoon were both 5-3.


Medford, Ore., – After over a year long wait, Medford may finally have a new City Manager by tomorrow afternoon.

The last hurdles for Klamath County District Attorney, Rob Patridge are almost over.

Medford City Council voted 5 to 3 to select Patridge as Medford’s new City Manager during tonight’s meeting.

Council member Clay Bearnson says he, “voted no because there were other qualified candidates who had their professional degree, and on the job experience that were taken out of the process.”

While council member Eli Matthews said, “I’m a big supporter of Rob Patridge, he fits the qualifications and has the experience to lead the city forward.”

Patridge has already signed a contract with a base salary of $157,100 dollars.

It will also allow him to continue as chairman of the OLCC, provide a car allowance of $500 dollars per month, and a cell phone plan of $65 dollars a month.

Tomorrow at 12:30, the council will hold a second reading and make their official decision.

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