Toledo City Councilors Wednesday night began what will be a month long period of saying goodbye to City Manager Michelle Amberg who has been named the new City Administrator of the city of Creswell, 10 miles south of Eugene. Creswell is a town that has half-again as many residents as Toledo and is right off Interstate Five.
Amberg told the council that the Toledo City Charter requires the council hold a public meeting on choosing a way forward to replace Amberg. It also addresses the role of an Interim City Manager who can be a placeholder while a new city manager is chosen.
Amberg says an Interim City Manager, under the city charter, has the same powers as a regular city manager except he or she cannot hire or fire any employee without the official consent of the council. Amberg says she has the names of three strong candidates who would qualify as Interim City Manager.
The council decided to hold a public meeting on Monday, December 23rd, 6pm at City Hall, to begin the process to replace Amberg.
Wednesday night’s meeting was the first official chance for councilors to express their thoughts about Amberg’s service as city manager. Both Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher and Councilor Jack Dunaway expressed their thanks for Amberg’s service to the city which has left the city with what they called clearer procedures and strategies for moving the city forward. Mayor Grutzmacher said he was very sorry to see her go.
Amberg responded that being City Manager of Toledo has been an important learning experience for her and that she’ll be available for conversations after she’s gone.
Amberg gave her official 30 days notice Wednesday night meaning her last day on the job will be January 17th.