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Gresham City Council selects three finalists for City Manager position

January 6, 2021

Following a thorough process, Gresham City Council has selected three finalists for the position of City Manager and is seeking community input and involvement in next steps. Mayor Travis Stovall will host a virtual community forum on Monday, Jan. 11 from 5:35-7:30 pm to introduce the three finalists: Bryan Montgomery, Ann Ober and Stephen Rymer.

Residents are invited to submit questions in advance to Communications@GreshamOregon.gov by noon, Friday, Jan. 8. Each candidate will be interviewed for 30 minutes; questions will be pre-selected and live public comment will not be taken. After the forum, attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback about the candidates through an online survey. Feedback will be shared with Council for their consideration as they determine next steps in the process.

Watch City Manager candidate community forum

    In total, 64 candidates applied for Gresham’s City Manager position, which was vacated in June upon the retirement of long-time City Manager Erik Kvarsten. The City Manager serves as the chief executive officer of the organization, overseeing staff and departments and carrying out the direction of City Council.

    The final three candidates have participated in individual interviews with the City’s executive recruiter as well as semi-finalist interviews with both the newly-elected and previous Mayor and Council. Standard background and reference checks will be conducted during this process. The finalists will also interview with City leadership and employees. City Council will consider staff and community feedback during a finalist interview on January 12 and will determine the next steps in the process that time.

    The community participated in the recruitment early on through focus groups and an online survey, providing insights into the skills needed for the next City Manager, as well as key priorities.

    Meet the finalists

    • Bryan Montgomery has served as the City Manager of the City of Oakley, California, since 2005. His public administration career began in 1994 when he joined the City of Alamogordo, New Mexico, as the Assistant City Manager. He then transitioned to the City of Rupert, Idaho, where he served as the City Administrator for one and a half years. Then, he served as the City Manager for the City of Mesquite, Nevada, for seven years. Bryan is an ICMA credentialed manager and received his Master of Public Administration degree and his Bachelor of Arts in International Government Relations degree from Brigham Young University.

    • Ann Ober has served as the City Manager of the City of Milwaukie, Oregon, since 2016. Ann began her local government leadership career in 2005 when she was hired by Salt Lake County, Utah. Over six years, she worked in Community Relations, Diversity Affairs, Environmental Policy, and Government Affairs. She then progressed to the Public Services Administrative Division Director for the Salt Lake City Corp, Utah, followed by the role of Senior Policy Advisor and Government Affairs Director for Park City Municipal, Utah. Ann received her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Utah and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

    • Stephen Rymer has served as the City Administrator of the City of Rochester, Minnesota, since 2017. Stephen’s first City Manager role was with the City of Morgan Hill, California, from 2013 to 2017. Stephen has 15 years of community services and parks and recreation-related leadership experience in New Brighton, Minnesota and Morgan Hill, California. Stephen received his Master of Arts in Public Administration degree from Hamline University and his Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies degree from the University of Minnesota.