After decades of public service from the state level right down to cutting ribbons for new city utilities, Waldport City Manager Nancy Leonard has announced that she is retiring from what has been a jam-packed public life. In fact many of her colleagues and friends scratch their heads wondering how any one person could cram as much into public service as Nancy Leonard, and still remain standing.
Besides being Waldport’s City Manager for the past 12 years, she has been a Lincoln County Commissioner (2 terms), Chair of the State Water Resources Commission, Land Conservation and Development (LCDC) Commissioner, Council Member of the Governor’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC), Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) Board of Directors, Executive Board Member Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (OCZMA), Executive Board Member Cascades West Council of Governments (COG), Executive Board Member Community Services Consortium (CSC), Chief Property Appraiser for Lincoln County Government. And yes, she even made time for family, which she will finally have more time for.
Leonard and her city council Thursday began laying plans to hire her replacement. They picked a private executive recruitment firm, Prothman of suburban Seattle, to announce the vacancy, invite applications, conduct background and character checks, establish that the finalists know their jobs, are a good “fit” with the Waldport community, and are truly qualified to be interviewed by the Waldport City Council. Once the council selects the successful candidate, Prothman warranties the selection for a year. Within the first year, if the council dismisses the candidate with cause, Prothman begins the selection process all over again for no additional fee.
A few of Prothman’s recent successful top executive recruitments include the city managers of Lake Oswego, Lebanon, and Ontario. County Administrator for Deschutes County, OR (Bend area) and Clatsop County, OR. Human Resources Director for Jackson County, OR. Also city managers for Stevenson, WA, Lakewood, WA, and Lynden, WA, county manager of San Juan County, WA, human resources director for Vancouver, WA and the City of Tacoma, WA labor negotiator.
The city council authorized Leonard to engage Prothman to begin the search and vetting of what is hoped will be Waldport’s next city manager who can take over the reigns by mid-January of next year.
Leonard said she considers her major contribution to the city of Waldport is preparing the community for its future with strong sewer and water systems, roads and a lean and efficient city government. She said she and her husband look forward to spending more time with family, hiking, and generally touring the country.