A former non-profit administrator, General Manager of the Burns Paiute Tribe, and five year City Manager of Burns, Oregon has been selected as Toledo’s Interim City Manager.
He’s Don Munkers and comes with over 25 years of administrative experience in just about everything to do with cities and infrastructure like roads, sewer and water plants, economic development, police and fire departments, grant writing – the gamut.
Munkers officially retired late last year – his last position was with the City of Burns in south central Oregon where he was the city manager for five years.
Toledo City Councilor Terri Strom said a search committee whittled the list of applicants from eight down to just a few. Strom said she and two other city councilors along with three city department heads were all convinced that Munkers was the best of the bunch. Strom says Munkers will be a good fit for Toledo. She said the committee was impressed with Munkers having done his homework prior to the interviews. She said he showed more than a passing familiarity with the basics of Toledo including it’s strengths like hometown livability, strong economic base with GP, Port of Toledo and its Yaquina Boatworks, unlimited recreation and a thriving arts community. Strom said he also showed knowledge of Toledo’s challenges with it’s sewer and water distribution systems as well as Toledo’s struggles with trying to provide police services to Siletz, just up Highway 229.
Strom said the review committee liked his attitude, sense of humor and his warm and engaging demeanor.
Munkers is married and has two grown children and three grandchildren.
Strom says Munkers will have his first day on the job sometime next week.