The Dalles City Council has settled on a choice for a new city manager picking City Clerk Julie Krueger. She has been acting city manager since September 14, when four out of five councilors voted to terminate the contract of the previous city manager Nolan Young.
Following an executive session at noon Monday, council members came back into open session and moved to have City Attorney Gene Parker negotiate a contract with Krueger.
This decision came after a nationwide hunt. “We went through a pretty exhaustive process,” said Mayor Steve Lawrence. “We had over 40 applications; we found out what’s out there. We did make an offer to our number one candidate and we were turned down because that person selected another opportunity. And the council didn’t feel like there was someone else they wanted to make an offer to, even with more investigation. So at this time, their decision is to look inside,and ask the city attorney to see if there’s a possibility of negotiating a contract with our interim city manager. It’s a pretty straightforward choice as far as I can see it.”
Krueger, who has worked 23 years for the city, said she hadn’t originally considered applying for the job.
“After about the first month of doing the interim job, I realized that I was able to do the job and learn the things I didn’t know in a very quick manner,” she said. “I feel like I have the support of the department managers. They have been a really good team with me. and the city council is pleased with my work and I wanted to continue on.”
Councilors could vote on a contract as early as next Monday.