The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners approved standards and criteria Monday, Nov. 9, for hiring a new county manager to replace Scott Somers, who resigned in September for a new position in Maryland.

The agreed upon criteria lists minimum requirements for applicants in education, experience, expertise and abilities. It also lists the procedure commissioners will follow to recruit and hire for the position.

For education, commissioners agreed applicants need a bachelor’s degree in local government disciplines or a related field from an accredited university or college. A graduate degree in business or public administration is highly desirable, according to the county.

An applicant would need seven or more years of experience with public or private work. Experience in Oregon land use laws would be a plus, the county said.

The county and its executive search firm Waldron will coordinate the selection and interview process, which may be held in executive session.

Commissioners will select and hire the county manager.

The new manager will likely earn a similar amount to Somers, who was paid $137,000 a year.

Prior to approving a new county manager, the board is required to invite public comment. A survey is available on the county’s website,, for the public to offer its opinions on what the county should look for in a new manager

Former Cannon Beach City Manager Rich Mays is serving as interim county manager.


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