Originally created 12/20/97

Oregon may hire manager



AIKEN -- City Manager Steve Thompson faces only two other candidates in his bid to become the top city administrator in Medford, Ore., according to published reports.

The city's short list has been whittled from five candidates to three after two applicants dropped out before interviews were conducted last week, according to reports in the Medford Mail Tribune.

Medford city council members met privately Thursday night to review the applications but took no action.

Under Oregon public record laws, city officials aren't obliged to reveal names of candidates for [iri1.9,6.6]public jobs.

But Medford City Manager Pro Tem Jon Jalali has told the Mail Tribune that he is a candidate for the post.

The newspaper also is reporting the other candidates are Mr. Thompson and Jim Antonen, the city manager of Moorhead, Minn.

Medford, in southern Oregon with a population of 57,000, has been without a permanent city manager since June after the city council ousted Andy Anderson. He resigned after nearly 10 years of service after receiving a severance agreement from a majority of council members.

Mr. Jalali, the city's finance director for 19 years, was appointed interim city manager after Mr. Anderson's resignation.

More than 80 applications were sent to the city regarding the city manager's vacancy.

Members of a citizens advisory committee have forwarded a recommendation to the council on who to hire, though they've declined to name their top choice, according to the Mail Tribune. The council hasn't set a date for hiring someone, the paper reported.

Mr. Thompson declined to comment Friday when asked about the Medford job. He was named Aiken's fourth city manager in 1991 following the retirement of Roland Windham. Mr. Thompson was Aiken's assistant city manager for nine years.