Springfield holds a meet and greet for city manager candidates

The candidates come from around the country and all have at least a decade of experience in local government.

Posted: Jan 16, 2020 11:10 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- The Springfield community got their first chance to meet five candidates to become the next city manager Thursday evening.

The candidates come from around the country and all have at least a decade of experience in local government. Mayor Christine Lundberg said she and the city council went through a rigorous process to narrow down the applicants to five.

"We have very specific qualities," Lundberg said. "Springfield is a growing as a vibrant community so we are looking for someone who recognizes that growing vibrancy and wants to be part of it."

Here are the candidates:

Adam Hammaty


• 12 years of experience in local government
• City Manager for City of Whitefish, Montana from, 2017 to 2019; Village Administrator for the Village of Kimberly, Wisconsin, from 2012 to 2017, Village Administrator for the Village of Suamico, Wisconsin, from 2010 to 2012; City Administrator for the City of Elroy, Wisconsin, from 2008 to 2010.
• Bachelor's degree in political science, Montana State University
• Master's degree in public administration, University of Montana
• Juris Doctor degree, University of Montana School of Law
• ICMA Credentialed Manager

Jacque Betz

• More than 10 years of experience in local government
• Currently, the City Administrator for the City of Gladstone, Oregon
• Gladstone’s Assistant City Administrator from 2016 to 2017
• City Manager for the City of Newberg, Oregon, from 2014 to 2015
• City Manager for the City of Florence, Oregon, from 2012 to 2014
• Bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, Oregon State University
• Currently completing a master’s degree in public policy administration at Northwestern University
• ICMA Credentialed Manager

Nancy Newton


• More than 10 years of local government experience
• Currently, the Assistant County Executive/Chief Operating Officer for Sacramento County, California
• Interim County Administrator for Clackamas County, Oregon, from July to September 2013
• Deputy County Administrator for Clackamas County from 2010 to 2016
• Bachelor’s degree in management and organizational leadership, George Fox University
• Master’s degree in public administration, Portland State University

Raymond Lee


• More than 10 years of local government experience
• Currently serves as the Public Works Director for the City of Amarillo, Texas
• Assistant Director of Street Services from 2015 to 2016 for the City of Dallas, Texas
• Variety of positions in the Street Services department from 2012 to 2015 for the City of Dallas, Texas.
• Business Manager for Library Services for the City of Dallas from 2010 to 2012
• Bachelor’s degree in public administration, Henderson State University
• Master’s degree in public administration, University of Kansas

Robert Wood


• More than 21 years of local government experience
• City Administrator for the City of West Lake Hills, Texas, from 2007 to August 2019
• City Manager for the City of Flatonia, Texas, from 1999 to 2007
• Bachelor’s degree in economics, University of Texas
• Master’s degree in public affairs, University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs
• ICMA Credentialed Manager

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