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Five finalists in the running for Shelton city administrator

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Steve Goins, the director of community and economic development for the City of Shelton, is one of five candidate finalists to replace City Administrator Dave O'Leary.

Everyone is invited to talk to the five finalists at a meet-and-greet from 6 to 8 p.m. June 8 at the Shelton Civic Center. City officials will interview the five candidates the next day. Last November, O'Leary announced he will retire in June after 12 years on the job.

He told the commissioners he wanted to give six months notice "to ensure that Shelton has time to transition as seamlessly as possible to new administrative leadership."

The city administration and a hiring consultant firm will identify the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate following the interviews, and provide additional research or references as needed.

The city staff, the consultant and the Shelton City Commission will then develop an offer and negotiate a contract with the finalist.

Goins has worked for the city of Shelton for 10 years. He was the public works director before becoming the director of community and economic development. Goins stressed that he is familiar with the community and the commission form of government. Goins has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science.

Benjamin Marchant has been the city manager of Coquille, Oregon, for the past four years. He has also worked in municipal government in Idaho, Missouri and California.

Marchant has earned a master's degree in public administration. In his application for the position, he wrote that he is looking to move closer to a metro area.

For the past eight years, Lawrence Uri has been the city manager of Concordia, Kansas. He is working on revitalizing the commercial core of the town, which has a population of 5,000. Uri earned a juris doctorate degree. In his application, Uri wrote that he wants to move closer to family in Washington and Oregon.

Ryan Wheaton, a graduate of Shelton High School, is the manager of Pierce Transit. Wheaton wrote that he would like to return to Shelton to be part of the team that creates and then implements a new vision for the city. Wheaton earned a master's degree in business administration.

For the past three years, Adam Lincoln has been the assistant to the city manager of Lakewood, Washington. In his application to the city, Lincoln said he wants to help some of Shelton's challenges by building a strong, diversified economy. Lincoln earned a master's degree in public administration.

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Original Publication Date: May 19, 2016

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