The Vernonia City Council voted on Saturday, July 12 to offer the permanent City Administrator position to one of the three candidates following a series of interviews on the same day.
The candidates were interviewed by three separate panels: a panel of citizens including representatives from several city committees; a panel of city staff; and a panel made up of the four current City Councilors. Current Vernonia Mayor and acting City Administrator Josette Mitchell was one of the candidates being interviewed for the position.
Following the interviews the Council met in Executive Session and deliberated for almost three hours about the interviews and the recommendations from the citizen and staff panels. Following the Executive Session, the Council met in open session and instructed city staff to begin negotiations with their first choice candidate. The Council’s choice will not be made public until negotiations are complete and an offer has been accepted.