City Has New Administrator

NewCityAdministrator-webThe City of Vernonia has reached an agreement with Gian Paolo ‘Paul’ Mammone to become the new City Administrator.

An agreement was signed on July 30, 2014.  Mammone is scheduled to start on September 1, 2014.  Terms of the agreement were not made public.

“After some serious consideration in our process we have picked Gian Paolo as our new City Administrator,” said City Council President Randy Parrow. “A contract is signed, sealed and delivered and we are ready to roll.  He will be starting on September 1st officially, but will be stepping in before that and providing some technical assistance in some instances where we need immediate help.”

Mammone recently completed a contract with the City of Banks, OR as the Interim City Administrator.   Prior to working in Banks, Mammone contracted with the City of Toledo, OR providing assistance with Public Works operations and personnel management.  He also contracted with the City of Connell, WA where he served as City Administrator.  Mammone also served as City Administrator for the City of Falls City, OR from 2009 to 2012.

“We’re very happy to have Gian Paolo and are looking forward to a long term relationship,” said Parrow. 

Mammone was born in Italy and grew up there and in Switzerland where he did his early academic work.  He came to the United States to study in 1990 and has been here ever since.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from Ohio State University in 1994, a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State in 1996 and a Master’s Degree in Urban Administration from Wright University in Dayton, OH in 2002.

Other past work experience includes time both in City of Caldwell, ID and the City of Ontario, OR where he worked as Community Development Director.  Mammone also served as the Executive Director of the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce.

“I was intrigued by this position because I think there are a lot of needs here which match up with my technical background,” said Mammone when asked about his strengths and skills in relation to the job of Vernonia City Administrator.  “I am a generalist academically in some respects.  From a training standpoint I’m an architect. I’m a planner.  I’m an administrator.  I’m a Master in Public Administration with a concentration in personnel management and organizational management.  I’m a Master in Planning.  I have experience with grants and human resources.”

Mammone expanded on his comments concerning why he thinks he is a good fit for the Vernonia City Administrator position.   “I was attracted to this community because I can be a generalist but also have a conversation with the staff, with the Council and consulting agencies about trying to solve immediately any potential issues that confront the community,” said Mammone.  “That’s what I like-that this is a small community where you  can walk the streets of the city and talk to the public and have immediate feedback about what people are concerned about.  So I can immediately articulate recommendations to the Council to be implemented to immediately create a solution.  Here I will do a little bit of everything and make full use of my skills.  And obviously I recognize that there is tremendous potential for this community.”

On his resume, Mammone lists the following as skills he possesses: excellent technical writing; public speaking and public relations skills; expertise in developing fiscal policies and budget management; experience in business retention, expansion and attraction; experience in downtown/main street development and redevelopment, urban renewal, and private and public development; experience in land use, planning and transportation projects and programs;  knowledge of civil engineering and public works infrastructure practices.  He also received a ‘Certificate in Professional Fundraising’ from Boston University in 2012.

Mammone echoed Parrow’s sentiments when it came to length of service.  “I am also looking for a long term relationship at this point in my career,” said Mammone.  “I understand my position in the hierarchy of this organization.  It’s a special relationship between the City Council and the Administration for working together.”

Mammone noted that his contract requires him to live within the City of Vernonia within six months of starting his job.  “I’m looking to be an involved citizen, not just within City Hall but also outside City Hall.  This is a good place to live and I hope to be here for a long time.”