Salem names finalists for city manager position

Salem named Keith Stahley and Eric Zimmerman as the two finalists for his vacant city manager position on Friday.

Stahley, deputy city manager of Olympia, Washington, and Zimmerman, who recently served at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh and previously served as deputy city manager of Medford, were selected from three candidates who were interviewed on Wednesday.

The city said in a press release that the city council will travel to the hometowns of the two candidates to meet with members of civic organizations and elected bodies about them.

He is hiring to replace Steve Powers, who retired in February. Powers had been serving the city since 2015.

The city’s director of urban development, Kristin Retherford, served as acting city manager.

Taylor Adams, who is currently deputy city manager of Virginia Beach, Va., was the third candidate interviewed this week and did not advance to the finalist list.

Stahley has been deputy city manager of Olympia since 2019.

He also worked as Olympia’s Director of Community Planning and Development for 14 years.

Stahley earned his Masters in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, his Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from Syracuse University, and is an International City/County Management Association Certified Manager.

Eric Zimmerman

Zimmerman served as Oregon’s Bilateral Affairs Manager at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2021 to 2022.

He began his local government career in 2007 with Multnomah County, first in the Assessment, Registration and Taxation Division and then as a Commissioner’s Chief of Staff.

He then worked as Deputy City Manager of Tigard and Deputy City Manager of Medford from 2017 to 2021.

Zimmerman has also served in the Oregon National Guard since 2007 and has been deployed to Iraq, Kosovo and Dhaka, Bangladesh, and is currently assigned to an Army National Guard unit in Salem.

He earned his Executive Master of Business Administration in Nonprofit Management and his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication from the University of Portland.

The city manager is appointed by the city council and serves as the city’s chief executive, working under the policy direction and goals of the council. The city manager prepares the recommended annual budget for review and provides the council with information on future operational needs, policy issues and regulatory requirements, and directs the day-to-day administration of the city.

The salary listed for the position was $220,000 to $250,000.

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Michael J. Chiaramonte