Monday, June 11, 2012

Scott Somers Selected New Clatsop County Manager

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners has offered the job of county manager to Scott Somers.

Somers, 44, currently the city manager of Reedsport, is expected to start with the county July 16. He replaces former county manager Duane Cole, who retired May 31 after three years with the county.

The board is scheduled to approve an employment contract with Somers at its June 13 meeting. His starting salary will be $112,000 a year plus benefits.

“I think this is going to be a great fit,” he said.

Somers’ selection followed a thorough recruitment process, assisted by consultant Greg Prothman, that included a public reception and interviews with six finalists May 29 and 30.

Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Chair Peter Huhtala said that after a search that brought in applications from around the country, “we were fortunate to find Scott right here on the Oregon Coast.

“He is intelligent, energetic and aware of Clatsop County’s challenges and opportunities,” he said. “I very much look forward to working with Scott – I believe that he can look forward to a long and successful tenure.”

Somers was born in Tucson, Ariz. and raised in Arizona and central Oregon. He earned a bachelor of social work degree from Arizona State University and master of public administration degree from the University of Arizona. His career in public administration began in 2004 at White Bear Lake, Minnesota where he served as assistant to the city manager. In 2006 he was hired as assistant city manager for Savage, Minnesota.

Somers joined Reedsport, a city of 4,300 on the central Oregon Coast, in January 2009. The city has a staff of 33 and a $14 million annual budget.

Among the city’s accomplishments during his tenure are completing a $12 million wastewater treatment plant; brokering a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Army Corps of Engineers on levee certification; pursuing downtown revitalization efforts; and developing a strategic plan.

Somers said one of his top goals in Reedsport has been building relationships – with city council and staff, citizens and civic groups, neighboring districts, lawmakers and state and federal agencies. “I am very open to work with – people recognized that,” he said. “We may not always agree, but we can respect each other’s opinion.”

During his tenure Reedsport actively promoted itself to regional and state economic development entities, Somers said. Like communities in Clatsop County, it has faced the challenge of diversifying its economy in an area historically dependent on fishing and logging.

Somers believes the transition from city to county government won’t be difficult. He has not overseen public health programs in his city jobs, but said his background in social work – he was a case worker as a college undergraduate – gives him some insight into services provided through the county Public Health Department.

As part of the selection process the county and consultant Prothman arranged for Somers and the other five finalists to be interviewed by three separate panels: the board of commissioners; county department heads and labor representatives; and a community stakeholders panel that included city officials, Clatsop Community College President Larry Galizio, Circuit Court Judge Cindee Matyas, three citizens and state lawmakers Betsy Johnson and Deborah Boone. Following the interviews all three groups assembled to share their input.

“Elected officials, department heads and several community leaders helped the board with the interview and selection process,” Huhtala said. “We very much appreciate the participation of each of these individuals.”

Released by: Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622


We Support OregonLNG said...

Construction jobs impacts in Oregon and Washington, 2014 – 2018, annual averages of jobs created by direct impact of OregonLNG Indirect or Induced.
Put together by ECONorthwest; can be found it the Economic Impact study they did for OregonLNG Table #9 on the study completed April 2012.
Terminal & Plant employment: Direct- (2,755) Indirect- (2,327) Induced (4,502) TOTAL= (9,584)
Pipeline employment: Direct- (256) Indirect- (237) Induced (278) TOTAL= (771)
Freight: Direct- (43) Indirect- (15) Induced (25) TOTAL= (84)
TOTAL DIRECT-(3,054) INDIRECT- (2,579) INDUCED- (4,805) TOTAL-(10,438)
Jobs by year: 2014: Direct- (1,962) Indirect- (1,661) Induced- (3,061) Total = (6,684)
2015: (3,924) (3,322) (6,123) TOTAL= (13,369)
2016: (3,924) (3,322) (6,123) TOTAL= (13,369)
2017: (3,711) (3,125) (5,891) TOTAL = (12,726)
2018: (1,749) (1,464) (2,830) TOTAL= (6,042)
AVERAGE: 3,054 2,579 4,805 TOTAL= 10,438

We Support OregonLNG

We Don't said...

That is, if there is a market for the stuff when the OLNG project is slated for completion and the data is purely speculative 'bullpoop' at this point.