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City hires interim administrator

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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The Shelton City Commission on Monday hired an interim city administrator as the city continues its search to replace Dave O'Leary.

Pete Butkas of Butkas Consulting, Inc., will fill in for O'Leary, who retired this week after 12 years as city administrator. O'Leary announced his retirement in


The city commission agreed to pay Butkas $80 an hour for 32 hours a week until Aug. 31, or until the city hires a new city administrator. Butkas started work on Tuesday.

Mayor Gary Cronce said all three city commissioners talked to Butkas, and "he all passed our muster."

Everyone is invited to talk to the five finalists for the city administrator position 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.

The finalists are Steve Goins, the city's director of community and economic development; Benjamin Marchant, who has been the city manager of Coquille, Oregon, for the past four years; Lawrence Uri, the city manager of Concordia, Kansas; Ryan Wheaton, a graduate of Shelton High School, who is the manager of Pierce Transit; and Adam Lincoln, the assistant to the city manager of Lake wood, Washington.

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Original Publication Date: May 26, 2016

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