City of Hood River will interview five city manager finalists Feb. 27

Public reception planned Feb. 26

Four men and one woman are the finalists for the job of Hood River City Manager. A reception for the public is planned on Feb. 26, to meet the candidates for the position.

The reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom, 8 Fourth St. On Feb. 27, the finalists will go through a series of three interviews in front of panels made up of city council members, local agency officials, and citizens. The interviews are held in executive session.

The finalists are Catherine Green, of Colorado; Scott Morgan, of California; Ethan Raup, of Seattle; Greg Sund, of Kansas; and Steve Wheeler, of Portland, who was city manager of Tualatin for 10 years.

“The common thread is that all five candidates have extensive experience serving local governments in senior management roles,” Mayor Arthur Babitz said. “Beyond that, their backgrounds are very diverse.

“We see candidates with experience in large cities and counties, and those who worked their way up through smaller jurisdictions. We see career paths through planning, finance, operations, business development and law enforcement. I can’t wait to meet these folks and get to know more about them.”

Here are details about each of the candidates:

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Catherine Green served as the town manager for Monument, Colo., from 2005-2013. She worked for the City of Pueblo, Colo., for 12 years in various positions, including director of planning and development, assistant city manager, and senior planner.

Green held the position of senior environmental planner for Pueblo County, as well as other planner positions from 1986-1992. She has a bachelor’s degree in geography and political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s degree in planning and community development from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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Scott Morgan has worked in local government for 38 years and retired in December 2012 from his most recent position as director of administrative services for the City of Rancho Mirage, Calif., a position he held for 17 years. Prior to that, he was finance director for the city for three years.

Morgan also served the City of Simi Valley, Calif., for four years as treasury administrator and fiscal administrator, the Village of Villa Park, Ill., as finance director-treasurer, as well as other finance-related positions with Ventura County and Santa Barbara County in California. He was also a police officer for the City of Ventura, Calif., for six years..

Morgan has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of La Verne, Calif., and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

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Ethan Raup was the director of policy and operations for the City of Seattle from 2009-2013. Prior to this, he served as director of community revitalization for the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation for two years and executive director for Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation in Pittsburgh, Penn., for two years.

Raup also worked in management and business consulting for Yakima Basin Storage Alliance in Ellensburg, Wash., for two years. He served as deputy chief of staff and director for the Office of Regional Policy and Planning for King County in Seattle, for five years and special assistant to the mayor of Seattle from 1994-1998.

Raup has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and a Master of Philosophy degree in sociology of law from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, England.

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Greg Sund has served as the county administrator of Ellis County, Kansas, for the past three years. He was the city administrator for Spearfish, S.D., from 2008-09 and the city administrator of Dickinson, N.D., from 1996-2008.

Sund has worked as the regional director of South Dakota Small Business Development Center for one year and finance officer for the City of Platte, S.D., from 1992-95. He was a special project employee and volunteer in the mayor’s office for Rapid City, S.D., for four years, as well. Sund served as an elected official for the City of Deadwood, S.D., from 1983-88. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in art from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion.

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Steve Wheeler is currently the interim planning/development director for Metro in Portland, a position he has held since July 2013. Prior to that, he served Clackamas County as county administrator from 2010-13 and deputy county administrator from 2006-09.

Wheeler was the city manager for Tualatin from 1996-2006 and assistant city manager for Santee, Calif., from 1983-1996. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a master’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University in California.

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