LACEY CITY MANAGER EXECUTIVE SEARCH
LACEY, WA, July 27, 2011: The Lacey City Council has announced a list of finalists for the City Manager position. The selection follows a nationwide search and a comprehensive selection process to succeed Greg Cuoio who retired from the City Manager position last month, after 24 years of public service with the City. The Council has met in two Executive Sessions, July 14 and July 21, 2011, to consider candidate information and qualifications. A total of 52 applicants responded, with 23 from Washington and the remaining 29 from out of state.
“The Council is very pleased with the process to date. We have strong candidates for the position and the process has exceeded our expectations. We have been very happy with the Executive Search Firm selected by the City Council. Greg Prothman, of The Prothman Company, has been very responsive to the Council and has facilitated an excellent search process”, stated Mayor Tom Nelson.
The finalists are:
Mr. Earl Mathers, County Administrator for Gallatin County, Montana
Mr. James Payne, Partner at Precision Organizing & Records Management, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Mr. Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager for City of Lacey, Washington
Mr. Steve Worthington, most recently City Manager for City of Fife, Washington
A short biography for each candidate is attached.
On Thursday, August 4, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., the City Council will meet in Executive Session to review candidate information. Following the Executive Session, the Council will host a community reception for the finalists from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. where the public will have an opportunity to meet the candidates and provide the Council with written feedback.
The City Council will be interviewing candidates in Executive Session on Friday, August 5, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to listen to the interviews being held with the Community Leader Interview Panel in the Council Chambers from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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Earl Mathers is currently the County Administrator for Gallatin County, Montana, and has been with the county since 2006. Prior to that, he was with the Graduate School, USDA, a government education institution in Washington, DC, and he has worked for Development Associates, a governmental consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Mathers has also been Executive Director for the Campbell County (Wyoming) Economic Development Corporation, County Development Director for the Fremont County (Wyoming) Association of Governments, and Consulting Administrator for the City of Lander, Wyoming. Mr. Mathers has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Montana, and a master of public administration degree from the University of Wyoming.
James Payne is currently a partner at Precision Organizing & Records Management, a firm located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, which provides comprehensive records management services to corporate and municipal clients. Prior to that, he was City Manager for Rio Rancho from 2007-2008. Mr. Payne has also served the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin, as City Administrator for eight years, the City of Franklin, Wisconsin, as City Business Administrator for 13 years, and the City of LeMars, Iowa, as City Administrator for four years. He was also Assistant to the City Manager at the City of Roseville, Minnesota, for three years. Mr. Payne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and a master of public administration degree from Arizona State University -Tempe.
Scott Spence has been with the City of Lacey, Washington, since 1999, first serving as Public Affairs Director, and currently he is the Assistant City Manager, a position he has held since 2003. Prior to coming to Lacey, he was at the City of Sherwood, Oregon, for three years, serving the city as Assistant to the City Manager and then Assistant City Manager. Mr. Spence has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in political science and history from Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon, and a master of business administration degree from Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Salem, Oregon.
Steve Worthington currently resides in University Place, Washington, and was most recently City Manager for the City of Fife, Washington, a position he held from 2005-2011. He was also the Community Development Director for Fife for six years prior to becoming City Manager. Before coming to Fife, Mr. Worthington served as Community Development Director for nine years for the City of Cheney, Washington. He has been an economic development specialist for the Spokane (Washington) Economic Development Council, and he was also a business owner and manager in the Spokane area for ten years at the beginning of his career. Mr. Worthington has a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a master of public administration degree from Eastern Washington University, Cheney.